Taconic AMVETS Bridge Reopens Tuesday Night

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The AMVETS Bridge on the Taconic State Parkway will re-open for Wednesday morning commuters. Photo Credit: Brian Marschhauser
State Department of Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald announces the reopening of the AMVETS Bridge Tuesday morning. Photo Credit: Brian Marschhauser

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – The northbound AMVETS Bridge on the Taconic State Parkway will reopen late Tuesday night and be ready for Wednesday morning’s commute following a six-month construction project, the State Department of Transportation announced.

“This is truly a momentous occasion,” NYSDOT Commissioner Joan McDonald said during a Tuesday morning press conference. “We are opening the AMVETS Bridge over the Croton Reservoir a month ahead of schedule.”

The $26 million project to rehabilitate the Taconic over the New Croton Reservoir began on March 26 and shut down northbound Taconic lanes from Pines Bridge Road in New Castle to Underhill Avenue in Yorktown. The bridge was scheduled to reopen on Nov. 9.

The construction company that worked on the bridge, Tutor Perini Corporation, will receive $33,000 for each day it finished early, or more than $900,000. It could have been penalized $33,000 for each day after the deadline construction lasted.

“We needed the assistance of an unrepresented group of people today and that was the commuters on the Taconic State Parkway, who behaved absolutely spectacularly during this,” said James Laing, president of Tutor Perini, who said the project was fairly “incident free” among the commuters.

During the project, traffic was re-routed to the southbound Taconic into four lanes with a concrete barrier between two lanes in each direction. Over the bridge, the speed limit was lowered to 35 miles per hour.

“We utilized a number of traffic incident management techniques, including a guaranteed five-minute response by a trooper to any incident in the construction zone,” said New York State Police Major Michael A. Kopy.

Construction work included in the project was new steel hangers, deck support, concrete deck, railings, installation of a new guide rail and resurfacing pavement on the roadway on each end of the bridge.

“The work we have completed here on the Taconic is important and timely, and will extend the life of this bridge by 50 years,” McDonald said.

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harrybrown93@gmail.com:

Is this newly constructed bridge is a aluminum bridge?

hipknitta:

Yeah! It's great when something is finished ahead of time. Because of this project, I discovered a new route by driving down Route 100 to pick up the Taconic in Briarcliff. It was a beautiful ride but I'm looking forward to getting on the Taconic in Yorktown. It's faster.

MisterBill2:

This is great news. Now people can go back to driving 55+ on the Taconic and across the bridge. Oh wait, most people were already doing that, even in the 35 and 45 MPH zones.

My favorite was the first week of construction when some clown with commercial plates changed lines on the bridge itself (solid white line) and passed me doing 55. If he had been caught (which, sadly, he was not), that would have been enough points to lose his license.

kk227:

I think the contractor and the NYS DOT should be applauded for this project. It was an slow down, but it could have been so much worse. Timing was well done. Start in the spring, finish in the fall. Most of the summer it wasn't too bad. Very good planning and execution on this. Excellent communications. The first week or so, I tried the alternate routes-they were worse than staying on the Taconic.

susieqcbsi:

Thank you.

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