ELMSFORD, N.Y. — It will be a much more comfortable cruise for Elmsford drivers heading through Main Street, but that doesn't mean they'll see an end to construction in the area anytime soon.
With repairs wrapping up on Route 119, those driving from White Plains to Tarrytown will no longer have to endure the rough roads and deep potholes of the past couple of months. The Department of Transportation and Con Edison are completing the project by raising the few manhole covers that still litter Elmsford's Main Street, Elmsford Mayor Robert Williams said.
Work on the Sprain Brook Parkway bridge that passes over Main Street will will soon cause overnight closures in Elmsford, Williams said. The $21.3 million state-funded project, which Gov. Andrew Cuomo approved in September, is ahead of schedule for its estimated completion of summer 2015.
But beginning in March, the overnight removal and replacement of large sections of the bridge will cause late-evening delays, according to a Village Board of Trustees statement.
Also under way in the village is the Main Street Streetscape Project, a $1.6 million project funded by the federal, county and village governments that has been in the works since August. The project means a huge restoration for Elmsford, Williams said.
"It's going to just bring so much life into Main Street again," he said.
About 60 percent of the project has been completed, including curb and sidewalk construction, wiring for lampposts and post installations for street signs. Larger parking spaces will also be rearranged to ease parallel parking.
The project is on hold until spring, when trees will also be planted, and should be finished by summer, Williams said.
Streetlights were slated to be installed along Main Street by mid-December but were destroyed in the factory by Hurricane Sandy, according to the board. As soon as new ones are built and shipped, the contractor will install them.
"It's definitely going to attract businesses," Williams said about the project. "People are going to want to shop, eat at the restaurants, get gas, buy flowers — it's really going to revitalize the whole village."