Eastchester Can Voice Crane Bridge Project Concerns

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There will be a meeting for residents to express concerns about the Crane Road Bridge Project in Scarsdale. Photo Credit: Contributed photo

SCARSDALE, N.Y. – Eastchester and Scarsdale residents who are worried about the Crane Road Bridge Project will soon have the opportunity to speak at a special board of trustees meeting in Scarsdale Village Hall.

During a recent June board meeting, Scarsdale Mayor Miriam Levitt-Flisser called the project unique and complex. Many alternative ideas were researched, but ultimately the columns proposed in the project, which have a diameter of 16 feet, required an elaborate process.

“Many suggestions for amelioration of the impact of construction have been received,” she said. “Prefabricated elements were also considered for the remainder of the historic structure, but were determined to be too large and heavy. The village board has invited county personnel to a meeting concerning this topic.”

According to Westchester County officials, innovative methods, including pre-stressed box bream girders and incentive payments have been included in the process that involves the portion of the bridge that extends the Bronx River Parkway over the MTA Metro-North line.

The construction project is still in the first of four stages. The first stage is scheduled to last until approximately May 2013. Workers are constructing three of the six new concrete piers for the bridge, as well as the deck above. A portion of the new railroad bridge will also be built during this stage. There will be nighttime tree removals and part of the parking lot used by merchants in Scarsdale near the train station will be partitioned off to stage construction equipment.

“We’re trying to do our best to minimize the inconvenience on residents in the area,” a Westchester County spokesperson said. “The staging area at some point is going to have an impact on local merchants who will feel that some of their parking is being taken up. That’s what we’re looking at now.”

The special board of trustees meeting is set for 6:55 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11 in the third floor meeting room at village hall. County personnel will be on hand to assuage the concerns of residents in the area who are worried about how the 34-month project may affect their neighborhoods.

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