A busy Mount Vernon bridge will be closed off for nearly a year as Metro-North begins a multi-million dollar replacement project.
Beginning on Monday, May 7, the 14th Avenue bridge will be closed for an estimated 10 months, as Metro-North kicks off a $10.2 million project to replace the 94-foot bridge, which was first built in 1894.
According to Metro-North officials, the first step of the project involves the demolition of the old bridge.
“For 10 long years, Mount Vernon’s north side was cut off from the south side, harming quality of life and jeopardizing public safety,” Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas said in a statement announcing the project. “ Over fifty percent of Metro North's daily ridership comes through Mount Vernon and it is a smart business practice to invest in their protection. As work officially begins, we can now start the journey of repairing relationships and reconnecting our community on both sides of the tracks.”
During the project, the bridge will be completely closed to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic. Signage is expected to be posted to help direct the flow of traffic. Once demolition is complete, construction on the new bridge - which is already designed - will begin, including a design that was commissioned by artist Frances Gallardo.
"We are pleased to support the renewal of the City of Mount Vernon's infrastructure," Metro-North Railroad President Catherine Rinaldi said in the announcement. "Rebuilding the 14 Avenue Bridge will enhance the City's quality of life, and we thank local, state and federal representatives for understanding the importance of funding these projects."
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