EASTCHESTER, N.Y. – Although the Bronxville Village Board of Trustees approved an engineering contract calling for work to be done on the Parkway Road Bridge, more delays may be in store as they wait for a response from the other municipalities sharing the bill.
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.
The near $33,000 engineering contract will outline how much money each municipality has to pay for repairs. It is expected that both the village and Town of Eastchester will pay approximately $50,000, while the county and City of Yonkers will chip in an additional $25,000 each to cover the costs of the estimated $150,000 improvements.
According to Bronxville Mayor Mary Marvin, the village first learned about the gradual deterioration of the bridge two years earlier to its closing, but debate over who should foot the bill forced action to be delayed until recently.
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.
It is anticipated that construction will begin this winter, once the money problems are sorted out and the bridge is designed. The bridge should be reopened to vehicular traffic next year.
“Our colleagues in Yonkers and Eastchester have an Intermunicipal Agreement in their possession that will solemnize the costs and duties of each entity as relates to bridge reconstruction,” Marvin noted. “We believe the end result is a very equitable division of responsibilities recognition reach this level of shared responsibility caused inconvenience to residents of all municipalities.”
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