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Yonkers Avenue Project Moving Forward Again

TUCKAHOE, N.Y. – After weeks of delays, the road project to replace a section of Yonkers Avenue in Tuckahoe is up and running again.

The additional lengths of pipe needed to complete the work recently arrived from Missouri, close to two months after it was ordered.  The $1 million project replaces a section of road on Yonkers Avenue that goes over a narrow portion of the Bronx River and was supported by a retaining wall estimated to be about 100 years old. The project will replace roughly 200 feet of that retaining wall.

Mayor Steve Ecklond said that the retaining wall that held up the roadway has been demolished and steel pilings will be installed to replace that structure.

The project stalled in September after village employees opened the road for the contractor, a portion of the project the village was obligated to perform, so the the contractor could run mandatory tests. Upon completion of the tests, the contractor informed the village that longer, more expensive piping would be needed to finish the job.

At the same time, Ecklond tried to open a narrow lane on Yonkers Avenue to traffic, but the Army Corps of Engineers, who is overseeing the project, nixed the idea.

"Basically, we had fears that the road was going to collapse into the river," Tuckahoe Mayor Steve Ecklond has said "So we had to keep the road closed.".

Ecklond said the village applied for a federal grant for the repairs about three years ago. The federal government put up slightly more than $1 million. Part of the deal included the village putting up $75,000 in cash, and $50,000 in services.

The village tore the asphalt off the road and will repave after the work has been completed.

"Construction of the new wall will allow water from heavy rains to go around the bend in the river, greatly reducing the flooding we have always experienced in that area," Ecklond said noting that portions of the roadway were under three feet of water after Tropical Storm Irene.

Ecklond said he believed, barring new issues, the project is slated to be completed by April or May.

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