EASTCHESTER, N.Y. – For the first time in more than a year, residents in Bronxville and Yonkers who have been inconvenienced by the Parkway Road Bridge closure, may have a reason for optimism.
The bridge – which connects Parkway Road in Bronxville to Yonkers - was suddenly closed to vehicular traffic in June – of last year after members of the state Department of Transportation deemed it a hazard during an inspection.
According to Bronxville Mayor Mary Marvin, the village first learned about the gradual deterioration two years prior, but debate about who should pay the approximate $150,000 for improvements to the bridge has forced action to be delayed until recently.
The bridge was also intermittently closed to traffic at times in 2012 due to various issues, including a lengthy stretch in January of that year when a water mane broke.
At the Monday, Sept. 8 Bronxville Board of Trustees meeting, village officials are expected to vote and approve an engineering contract to survey the work that needs to be done on the bridge.
Both the town and village are expected to foot $50,000 of the bill, while the county and City of Yonkers will chip in an additional $25,000 each to cover the costs. Bonds are expected to cover the costs in both Bronxville and Eastchester.
The consternation that the Parkway Road Bridge expenditure created in each of the municipalities reached a fever pitch last summer, with officials from each side threatening lawsuits to ascertain the funds. Things cooled down earlier this year, with the sides sitting down to peacefully resolve the issue.
Although the bridge has been closed for more than a year, Eastchester resident Alicia Fisher said she’s learned to adjust by now, but acknowledged it’s an inconvenience trying to get onto the Sprain Brook Parkway.
“There’s nothing that can be done about it, and it really hasn’t been such a big deal to be honest, it’s second nature by now. The only time we really used it was to get on the parkway,” she said. “It’ll be nice when it’s done, but until then we can wait.”
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