Work has been completed on a multi-million dollar bridge replacement project in Westchester, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced.
This week, the MTA announced the reopening of the 10th Avenue Bridge in downtown Mount Vernon, one of six bridges that span the Metro-North Railroad’s New Haven line that the MTA is replacing.
The project first began in March 2019 before its completion and reopening on Wednesday, June 2.
According to the MTA, the replacement of the bridge was part of a combined $23 million project to replace the 6th Avenue Bridge and 10th Avenue Bridge in the City of Mount Vernon.
“We are excited to see the reopening of the 10th Avenue Bridges this month,” Mount Vernon Mayor Shawyn Patterson-Howard said. “For years it has been closed, depriving residents and our public safety vehicles a key access point to cross our city.
“This bridge has been closed for years and I want to thank the MTA for working with the City of Mount Vernon to ensure that these bridges opened on schedule,” she added. “I look forward to the reopening of the 3rd Avenue bridge in the very near future.”
Construction work included demolishing the old bridge and its road decks and rehabilitating its masonry abutments followed by installing replacement girders and the concrete decks of the bridge, as well as relocating signal cables.
Additionally, as contractors worked to replace the bridge and install new metal fencing, street lighting, and traffic signals, crews also conducted lead abatement and asbestos removal.
“The MTA is transforming the way we deliver construction projects so we get work done on time and on budget,” Janno Lieber, President of MTA Construction and Development said in a statement. “We are using a broad range of tools including financial incentives to hold contractors accountable, and finding efficiencies by bundling projects that are geographically close.
“Here at Mount Vernon, these new approaches are helping us ensure we can reopen these bridges on the timeframe we promised the community.”
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