A $28.9 million project for a new bridge over the Taconic State Parkway at the Pudding Street intersection in Putnam Valley has started.
A new bridge has been pushed by state and local officials at the dangerous intersection dating back more than a decade.
The intersection is the only at-grade crossing on the busy highway in Putnam County.
As part of the project, new ramps will also be installed in the area to realign with the Taconic State Parkway, making the area safer for pedestrians, commuters, school buses, and emergency service vehicles.
During the project, at least two lanes will be open, though the Pudding Street crossing will be closed for months, with a detour set to be put in place in the summer of 2020. The project is expected to be done in stages, and also calls for an improved drainage system at the intersection.
All work is expected to be completed in the area by the summer of 2021.
"The Taconic State Parkway is an important piece of Hudson Valley's heritage with its arching stone bridges and impressive vistas," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement. "Upgrading the Pudding Street interchange is part of our commitment to modernizing the state's transportation infrastructure for the 21st century, enhancing safety while maintaining the integrity of this remarkable Parkway.”
Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell said in a statement that the project is a “win for the residents of Putnam County who have fought for many years for a safer intersection at Pudding Street.”
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