The New York State Department of Transportation said this morning that the $26 million project to rehabilitate the northbound over the New Croton Reservoir is progressing as scheduled.
Northbound traffic on the bridge, which is part of the Taconic State Parkway, is set open again in early November.
“When complete, our bridge restoration project will provide a smoother ride and improve safety for thousands of travelers,” said DOT Commissioner Joan McDonald. “While I am pleased the project is going smoothly I urge the traveling public to observe reduced speed limits through the construction zone, and allow for extra time to get to your destination.”
The bridge has been closed since since March 26. Although the work takes place in Yorktown, a new entrance ramp was created on Pinesbridge Road in New Castle to help redirect traffic during the work.
Except for its steel arches, the old bridge has been demolished.
The contractor has completed the installation of the new bridge steel and is completing preparation to pour the concrete bridge deck. The first concrete pour for the bridge deck is anticipated to begin next week.
Tutor Perini Corporation of New Rochelle is the project contractor.
McDonald said that key work that remains includes installing guide and bridge rails, paving of the bridge approaches and striping the new bridge surface.
After the bridge and all travel lanes have been re-established, the two temporary crossovers and ramp at Pinesbridge Road are slated to be removed. Remaining work will include restoration of the crossover areas, bridge painting and project landscaping.
Although the northbound bridge will be reopened this fall, the entire project runs until May 2013.
The section of the parkway that crosses over the reservoir is a six-lane divided highway, with separate bridge spans carrying the north and southbound lanes over the water. The northbound bridge, built in 1931 and rehabilitated in 1989, carries more than 32,000 vehicles per day.
During the closure, northbound traffic has been re-routed onto the southbound span, with two travel lanes in each direction.