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Westchester Legislators Approve $5M In Funds For County Roads, Bridges

Last winter took a heavy toll on roads and bridges in Westchester.
Last winter took a heavy toll on roads and bridges in Westchester. Photo Credit: File

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- The Westchester County Board of Legislators unanimously approved a $5 million capital budget amendment and a corresponding bond resolution to rehabilitate 40 roads and bridges throughout the county.

The budget amendment was put into place due to the unusually severe weather of winter 2013-14.

The scope of work goes from rehabbing short sections to complete milling and resurfacing of road surfaces.

The bridge work that is being planned will consist of bearing rehabilitation, joint replacement, structural steel rehabilitation, concrete replacement, substructure reconstruction, abutment reconstruction, deck reconstruction, surface replacement, railing replacement, stone masonry reconstruction and sidewalk and curb replacement.

"The condition of these roads has made them difficult on our residents and their vehicles, so I am glad that there will be repairs," Legislator MaryJane Shimsky (D -Hastings-on-Hudson) said in a statement. "But I am concerned that this is relatively minor work, compared with what needs to be done; and that we have many other roads in equally bad shape. If we spend millions on projects like this, I fear that we may end up taking money away from the major reconstruction that we need. "

The design phase of the work is expected to take as little as two months and the construction phase is anticipated to take three months to complete.