MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. Citing "severe deterioration" in several of its steel beams, Westchester County decided to close the Fulton Avenue Drawbridge for the month of September.
The county declared that emergency action be taken last week for the repairs but decided to close the bridge for month beginning on Wednesday. The county said that there is a separate project to rehabilitate the bridge that is in the design stage. The estimated $4 million project would remove and replace the concrete deck of the bridge as well as the sidewalks. The bridge was previously closed in June because it was stuck at a 15-degree angle, but the problem was quickly remediated.
"We know this is a major inconvenience for people who live in the area as well as merchants," said County Executive Rob Astorino in a press release. "We will do everything possible to expedite this repair, but safety must come first."
The press release said that pedestrians will be allowed to cross it, but the bridge will be raised as needed to keep the waterway accessible at all times. Traffic will be detoured down Columbus Avenue in Mount Vernon to S. 3rd Street, onto Provost Avenue (in the Bronx), onto Boston Post Road, and back to Pelham Manor. The reverse order will apply going from Pelham Manor to Mount Vernon.
The county said that drivers of passenger cars, who are familiar with the area can use the Hutchinson River Parkway between Sandford Boulevard and Boston Post Road (US1).
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