CASTELLI: ONE MONTH EARLY AMVETS, ABRIDGED
Assemblyman Robert J. Castelli joined New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Commissioner Joan McDonald today to announce that the of the northbound Taconic State Parkway bridge over the New Croton Reservoir in New Castle and Yorktown, Westchester County, will reopen to traffic tomorrow morning before the morning rush.
“Working with Governor Cuomo and Commissioner McDonald, we have established a progressive framework to reinvorigate our bridge and highway infrastructure in a new, streamlined public-private partnership approach, which has helped create jobs and put people back to work,” Castelli said. “The AMVET bridge restoration project has not only been completed ahead of schedule, it has improved safety and will provide a smoother ride for commuters in Northern Westchester for decades to come.”
The bridge, locally known as the AMVETS bridge, was rehabilitated as part of a $26 million project. It has been closed to traffic since March and tomorrow’s reopening comes just more than a month ahead of schedule. Castelli toured the bridge during the construction progress along with officials from Tutor Perini, the project’s contractor, and NYSDOT.
“Rehabilitating the bridge over the reservoir improves safety and provides a smoother ride for thousands of travelers who use this bridge every day,” Commissioner McDonald said. “We thank the public for their patience during construction and are proud to be reopening the bridge more than a month ahead of schedule.”
The section of the parkway that crosses over the reservoir is a six-lane divided highway, with separate bridge spans carrying the north and southbound lanes over the water. The project includes replacing the concrete bridge deck and railing, steel hangers and deck supports; installing new guide rail; and resurfacing the roadway on each end of bridge. Remaining work, including restoration of the crossover areas, bridge painting, and project landscaping, will continue into the spring of 2013.
The northbound bridge, built in 1931 and rehabilitated in 1989, carries more than 32,000 vehicles per day. During the closure, northbound traffic was re-routed onto the southbound span, with two travel lanes in each direction.
Castelli is known for getting the job done when it comes to infrastructure projects. He personally tours roadways in the district following storms, and even set up a pothole hotline as part of “Operation Pothole” which led to the resurfacing of several state roads in the district. He also is well known for his personal intervention which helped finish the Route 120 Staff Sergeant Kyu Hyuk Chay Memorial Bridge in Chappaqua. The early completion of this project is yet another victory for Castelli, who joined Commissioner McDonald and other area elected officials to cut the ribbon on the bridge during today’s event.
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