Westchester County Executive George Latimer held a news conference at the Ashford Avenue Bridge on Tuesday afternoon to mark the reopening of the entrance/exit ramp (exit 17) to the northbound Saw Mill River Parkway.
Reconstruction at Ashford Avenue in Ardsley and Dobbs Ferry is running about four months ahead of schedule, officials said.
The Saw Mill River ramp was closed on March 14, 2016.
During a May 2015 news conference calling for more federal highway money, County Legislator MaryJane Shimsky of Hastings-on-Hudson called the bridge Westchester's "poster child for crumbling infrastructure. . . .This country's economy cannot long survive without a major infusion of funds into our transportation infrastructure."
Shimsky joined Latimer at Tuesday's ceremony.
The ramp opening indicates a substantial completion of the project with major items of work completed. Several weeks ago, the final stage, Stage 3, of construction, commenced with Ashford Avenue restored to four lanes, with two lanes in each direction during peak hours. Although, Ashford Avenue has been restored to two lanes in each direction during peak hours, single lane closures may occur in each direction during off-peak hours. This final stage of construction will last until this summer when minor items are completed in warmer weather.
The $17.9 million project to fully rehabilitate the Ashford Avenue Bridge and Ramp along the border of Ardsley and Dobbs Ferry started pre-construction on Jan. 4, 2016, and began impacting traffic on March 1, 2016 with off-peak lane closures on Ashford Avenue, the Saw Mill River Parkway and the New York State Thruway (I-87). It is estimated that the entire project will be completed by this summer.
For more details, contact Westchester County Department of Public Works and Transportation at (914) 995-2555 . Full details on this project are available here www.westchestergov.com/ashfordavenuebridge . Sign up for special QuickNews email alerts on this project at www.westchestergov.com/subscribe.to mark the long-awaited final phase of major work on the Ashford Avenue Bridge, an $18 million project.
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