EASTCHESTER, N.Y. - There’s been another snag in construction progress at the Parkway Road Bridge in Bronxville, as work has been halted after contracting bids came in higher than expected.
The Parkway Road Bridge, which connects Bronxville and Yonkers, has been closed to traffic since June 2013, when members of the state Department of Transportation forced village officials to close it after it was deemed a hazard during a routine inspection.
The bridge originally was scheduled to be opened as early as this month, but with village officials having rejected the only two bids they received, the project once again has come to a screeching halt.
Earlier this year, the village enlisted a Manhattan-based contracting company to determine the scope of the project, which originally was valued at approximately $200,000, which would be divided between Eastchester, Bronxville and the Yonkers. However, the bids that were sent in each were for at least $500,000, with one nearing $1 million.
With the first round of bidding behind them, the village opened up the process again last week, seeking contractors that aren’t already operating in the area.
The Parkway Road Bridge was a source of frustration in the village for years before the state DOT officially closed it. It intermittently was closed to traffic several times in 2012, including a lengthy stretch when a nearby water main broke and flooded the area, damaging the road surface.
Since then, village officials have said they were aware of the gradual deterioration in the years before the DOT inspection, but the arguments about money forced the delays, leading to its eventual closure.
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