EASTCHESTER, N.Y. – After nearly two years of construction, political and other delays on the Parkway Road Bridge, the gateway connecting Bronxville and Yonkers may finally be just weeks away from reopening to the public.
A routine inspection by members of the state Department of Transportation in June 2013 forced village officials to close the bridge suddenly to motorists when it was deemed to be a hazard to the public.
Following the emergency closure, officials with the county, in Eastchester, Bronxville and Yonkers haggled over who was responsible for which portion of nearly $200,000 in construction and consulting costs, creating additional delays on the project.
In the end, all sides were able to meet in the middle, with Eastchester and Bronxville each paying $75,000, and Westchester paying for a $32,000 consulting contract, and at long last, it is scheduled to be reopened to the public in May.
The Parkway Road Bridge was a source of frustration in the village for years before the state DOT officially closed it down. It was intermittently closed to traffic several times in 2012, including a lengthy stretch when a nearby water mane broke and flooded the area, damaging the road surface.
Since then, village officials have noted that they were aware of the gradual deterioration in the years before the DOT inspection, but the arguments over funding forced the delays leading to its eventual official closure.
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