Crane Road Bridge Project

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Portions of The Bronx River Parkway will be closed on Thursday and Friday. These closures will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 14 and 15.

The Bronx River Parkway is a major north-south transportation artery in southern Westchester County. The BRP is on the National Highway System and the northernmost portions, including the project area, are on the National Register of Historic Places. Approximately midway on this route in Westchester are two interconnected bridges that cross the Bronx River and the MTA Metro-North Railroad. Located immediately south of Exit 12 (Crane Road) in Scarsdale, and straddling the Greenburgh/Scarsdale municipal border, the two connected bridges are referred to as a single structure known as the Crane Road Bridge (or Viaduct). A bridge replacement project is currently underway.

Work has begun setting up a staging area in a section of a parking lot in Scarsdale, used by merchants. Actual work will involve midday lane closures and night-time tree removals at the start.

Crane Road Bridge is located immediately south of Exit 12 (Crane Road) on the Bronx River Parkway. The bridge's architectural details include circular concrete piers, covered with rustic stone that resemble a clutch of "mushrooms." Its bridge deck curves around Scarsdale Lake, over the Bronx River and the Metro-North Railroad.

The replacement bridge will resemble the original design.

The bridge carries an estimated 3,000 vehicles during each weekday peak hour (8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.). Its daily traffic count is approximately 30,000 vehicles.

The project will be completed in four stages over a 34 month period. The estimated completion is spring 2015.

Throughout all stages, limited parkway closures from Harney Road to Crane Road will occur weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Detours will be posted accordingly. Limited night and weekend parkway closures in one or both directions will also occur in all stages. The public will receive advance notification of these closures and project activities through press releases and signs.

Stage 1 - duration approximately 10 months:

Construct three of the six new concrete piers and deck above; construct southern portion of the new railroad bridge.
Night-time tree removal operations.
Periodic northbound Bronx River Parkway single lane closures, weekdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Pipeline Road/Aqueduct Road entrance ramp to the southbound Bronx River Parkway will be closed in July for the duration of the entire project.
Use of a portion of the Scarsdale merchants parking lot for construction equipment staging area.
Redirection of the park pathway area south of Crane Road bridge. The reservation pathway will remain accessible from Popham/Ardsley Road.

Stage 2 – duration approximately 6 months:

Construct two new concrete piers.
Continued closure of Pipeline Road/Aqueduct Road entrance ramp to the southbound Bronx River Parkway.
Northbound Bronx River Parkway exit to Crane Road closed.
Southbound Bronx River Parkway exit to Crane Road closed.
Northbound Bronx River Parkway near bridge vicinity – one lane closed.

Stage 3 – duration approximately 6 months:

Construct one new concrete pier and a portion of the bridge superstructure.
Continued closure of Pipeline Road/Aqueduct Road entrance ramp to the southbound Bronx River Parkway.
Continued closure northbound Bronx River Parkway exit to Crane Road.
Continued closure southbound Bronx River Parkway exit to Crane Road.
Northbound Bronx River Parkway near bridge vicinity - one lane closed.
Southbound Bronx River Parkway near bridge vicinity - one lane closed.

Stage 4 – duration approximately 12 months:

Complete bridge's concrete piers and 'mushroom' structure.
Demolish existing bridge structures.
Construct northern portion of the railroad bridge.
Northbound Bronx River Parkway near bridge vicinity – one lane closed.
Southbound Bronx River Parkway near bridge vicinity – one lane closed.

Throughout the five-year environmental and design stage, the county held a public hearing and four public informational meetings with local residents and municipal officials. In addition, meetings were held with the Scarsdale Neighborhood Association's officers and representatives from the Scarsdale Chamber of Commerce.
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