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Paving To Reduce Saw Mill Parkway Flooding In Pleasantville Set To Start

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a fall paving project on the Saw Mill River Parkway to help reduce flooding.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a fall paving project on the Saw Mill River Parkway to help reduce flooding. Photo Credit: Robert Michelin, File

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. -- The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) will carry out a fall paving project designed to reduce the frequency of flooding on the Saw Mill River Parkway southbound in Pleasantville, Gov. Andrew  Cuomo announced on Thursday, Oct. 3.

The project, scheduled to start later this month, calls for paving about 900 feet of the Saw Mill Parkway southbound between Bedford Road and Marble Avenue in Pleasantville. It will raise the road bed approximately 3 inches and pave the Marble Avenue exit ramp off the Parkway.

"For the past few years, we have been working around the clock to improve and update New York’s infrastructure with projects like the repaving of the Saw Mill River Parkway that will reduce flooding and keep traffic moving,” Cuomo said in a statement. “This was a main concern of the community and New York state government is taking action to keep this busy artery open and safe.”

The Saw Mill River Parkway dates to the 1920s. The section between Marble Avenue and Bedford Road is built in a marshy area on a peat bog, which is subject to settling and compaction. Over time, the roadway’s elevation drops and makes it susceptible to flooding.

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