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November 22, 2019

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A truck-bridge collision on the Hutchinson River Parkway at the King Street Bridge in Rye Brook.
Look familiar? According to engineers, these cracks can quickly turn into larger holes as snow and ice expand and thaw in the winter months.
Construction along Halstead Avenue in Harrison, a state-owned route.
Public crews filling potholes along Marble Avenue in Mount Pleasant.
Motorists speeding past The Westchester mall in White Plains usually spotted this pothole too late.
A pothole on Lee Boulevard in Jefferson Valley.
One of the former, now filled potholes on Park Avenue in Harrison.

Why You Should Not Call Town Hall About The Most Hazardous Highways In Your Town

If main street is the most poorly-paved in your city or town, it may not be necessarily be that municipality's fault.

It turns out that many of the roads, highways and parkways in the worst condition are actually owned by the state or county, meaning their budgets and public works crews are responsible for paving and maintaining them.

The same is true for bridges, although sometimes MetroNorth shares a major stake in their upkeep.

In the town of Cortlandt:

By Aug. 31, as part of a broader rehabilitation project, the state DOT plans to make steel, joint, bearing and deck repairs to the bridge carrying Senasqua Road over Route 9 in the Village of Croton-on-Hudson.

In the town of Greenburgh: 

The state Department of Transportation has started prep work on Hillside Avenue, according to Supervisor Paul Feiner. Saw Mill River Road, better known as Route 9A, is expected to be repaved in August, Feiner said. 

According to the state DOT, this $2.4 million project will address pavement deficiencies on two segments of Route 9A: Between the municipal building about a half-mile south of the Village of Ardsley to Ashford Avenue. The northern segment extends from Heatherdell Road, also in Ardsley, north to Route 100B in the Town of Greenburgh. The road resurfacing work includes removing about one and a half inches of the current surface, making repairs to the subsurface as necessary, resetting traffic signal loops as necessary and will replacing the removed asphalt. The project's scope also includes work to reach federal compliance on sidewalk ramps. "This project will increase the safety of the roadway and provide motorists with better, more comfortable driving conditions," the DOT says on its website. 

When state construction on Dobbs Ferry Road will begin remains uncertain, Feiner said.

"We need New York state’s help in maintaining state-owned roads located in the town," Feiner said. "We are starting to make progress. But the New York state budget does not adequately fund state roads."

Also in Greenburgh, the right lane of the Saw Mill River Parkway northbound will remain closed through June between Exit 17 and Exit 21 for state roadwork as reported here.

In the town of Pound Ridge:

The state plans to spend $2.9 million to resurface Route 137 (Highridge Road) from the Connecticut State Line to Route 121.

In the town of Rye:

Last June, County Executive George Latimer called for a state study of multiple truck crashes -- as reported here by Daily Voice --  to improve safety of the King Street Bridge. The bridge over the Hutchinson River Parkway has been struck 130 times between 2008 to 2018, more than any other bridge in the state.

The study was completed, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office, and $1.8 million was budgeted for "bridge strike prevention," as reported here. The project includes new variable message signs, fixed signs, bridge lighting and communications upgrades with the Hudson Valley Traffic Management Center and Westchester County Police Department, according to a state DOT spokeswoman.

Like many other parkway bridges constructed in the 1920s and designed for passenger cars, the vertical clearance over the parkway travel lanes is not sufficient to allow taller vehicles to pass beneath. Recreational vehicles, buses, tractor trailers, and box trucks, including rentals, will not fit under many parkway bridges. Commercial vehicles are therefore not allowed by law. Despite an abundance of warning signs, pavement markings, over-height vehicle detectors and variable message signs, trucks in particular continue to enter parkways. 

In the city of Rye:

The biggest question on Rye taxpayers’ minds may not be  the future management of Playland Amusement Park but how the County will pay for the infrastructure improvements estimated at anywhere from $65 million to $125 million. The roads in the worst condition near Playland -- Theodore Fremd and Midland avenues, are owned by the county.

In the town of Somers:

The state also plans to spend $1.1 million to resurface Route 139 (Primrose Street) from Route 100 to the Primrose School Driveway in the town of Somers.

In the city of White Plains:

White Plains gets so many complaints about the poor condition of 17 miles of county-owned roads within its city limits that its public web site lists a county number to call to complain.

White Plains' Department of Public Works does not maintain or repair these roads, but does remove snow from them: 

  • Aqueduct Road
  • Bryant Avenue (From North Street to Westchester Avenue)
  • Central Avenue
  • Central Westchester Parkway
  • Hamilton Avenue
  • Mamaroneck Avenue (From Bryant Avenue to the Harrison Border)
  • North Street
  • Old Mamaroneck Road
  • Orchard Street (From North Broadway to Central Westchester Parkway)
  • Post Road
  • Route 22 (North and South Broadway to Post Road)
  • Westchester Avenue

This is another in a series of articles about bridges, highways, parkways and roadways in Westchester.