A $17.1 million project to build two new bridges that will carry the Saw Mill River Parkway over Kisco River and Branch Brook into the towns of Mount Kisco and New Castle is slated to begin in April.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who lives in New Castle, announced the project on Monday that is aimed at reducing flooding and road closures on the busy parkway.
"With unpredictable and extreme weather on the rise, now is the time to strengthen critical bridge and parkway systems across New York to withstand future weather events," Cuomo said. "This project is essential to the safety of New Yorkers throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley, and as we continue to rebuild our bridges and roadways, we will ensure this state is stronger and more resilient than ever before."
The work, part of the state's Empire Bridge program, will include replacing the bridge that carries the Saw Mill over the Kisco River and building a new bridge over the Branch Brook.
The two new bridges will be wider and five feet higher than the existing bridge and culvert. New guide rail, bridge rail and concrete median barrier along the parkway will also be installed.
The project will be completed in two phases. The first phase will involve work and construction on the northbound side of the Saw Mill, which is expected to take place April to July. During that time, a temporary detour will shift northbound and southbound traffic to the existing southbound lanes.
The second phase will include work and construction on the southbound side of the parkway, which will take place between July and December. During the second phase, traffic will be maintained on the newly constructed northbound lanes. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
"The reconstruction projects in Mount Kisco and New Castle will make the Saw Mill River Parkway more resilient in extreme weather events and safer for everyone in our community," said Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey.
The Empire Bridge program is designed to replace 100 bridges considered aging across the state.