BRONXVILLE, N.Y. - Bronxville officials are hopeful that they wil soonl be able to reopen Midland Avenue to traffic, after work on the village’s flood mitigation project caused a depression to develop in the roadway, closing it to motorists.
Earlier this month, the Bronxville Police Department issued a traffic advisory for Midland Avenue from Pondfield Road to Crows Nest Road, as a developing sinkhole has forced authorities to close the roadways, prompting several emergency measures.
According to Bronxville Mayor Mary Marvin, when the flood mitigation contractor continued his threading of pipe under Midland Avenue, crews reached an unknown vault from “who knows when,” that caused the pipe to depress and sag, halting work. Con Edison subsequently determined that they should replace “what they saw as aged subterranean gas lines while the hole was opened.”
The extra work will add an additional two weeks to the project, but Bronxville will receive some new gas mains, Marvin noted.
Residents living on Library Lane or Midland Avenue between Pondfield and Crows Nest Roads can still only access their homes through the intersection of Midland Avenue and Masterton Road. No traffic is permitted northbound on Midland Avenue. Anyone leaving their homes in that area must make a right hand turn and head north on Midland Avenue. When returning, they must do so by entering Midland Avenue from the Masterson Road intersection.
The Bronxville Elementary School pickup will take place on Pondfield Road and Meadow Avenue. Marvin said that they are hopeful of opening Midland Avenue back up by next weekend.
According to police, the closure is resulting in congestion and lengthy delays on roadways in proximity to the school, and motorists have been advised to avoid the area if possible, specifically during drop off and pick up times. Police officers will be in the area to assist with traffic control.
Anyone with questions or concerns can contact police at (914) 337-0500. Keep following Daily Voice for updates on the Midland Avenue sinkhole as they become available.