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North Avenue Bridge Construction to Begin Thursday in New Rochelle

The first phase of the project will relocate utilities to another bridge.

Get ready for some inconvenience if it's necessary to drive in the vicinity of the New Rochelle Transit Center.

Beginning Thursday, the New York State Thruway Authority will begin construction to relocate utility lines on the North Avenue Bridge that spans the New England Thruway (I-95).

This phase of the project—expected to be completed by May 2013—will move electric, cable, telephone, water, fiber optic and natural gas lines from the existing bridge to a parallel bridge built in 2010.

The Thruway Authority said the contract for construction was awarded to Perfetto Contracting Co., Inc. of Brooklyn. The company submitted the lowest of six bids, amounting to $2,385.505.50. The highest bid was slightly over $4 million.

Mayor Noam Bramson issued an advisory about the construction, saying that motorists and residents should monitor traffic conditions and plan accordingly.

"There will be periodic lane closures in the vicinity of North Avenue near I-95 and our Transit Center, beginning with the closing of one block of Burling Lane," he said. "Closures on North Avenue itself will become more frequent starting in mid-April."

Bramson said that, while at least one lane of traffic will be open for most of this current phase of construction, "frequent bottlenecks and delays will be unavoidable."

The final phase of construction—the demolition of replacement of the North Avenue Bridge—is tentatively scheduled to being in 2015.

Josh Semendoff February 22, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Hey Larry, I remember that incident having grown up less than a mile away. To my recollection the entire bridge was taken out by that tanker truck that exploded inside of it and the repair was deemed a top priority since you had two major arterial routes in I-87 and Central Park Ave. effected.
Billy February 22, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Hey, let's look at the positive here, at least New Rochelle isn't paying for the bridge. I wonder what the replacement cost is and can we get the thruway authority to cap all of I95 that's already subterrainian to create a greenway through New Rochelle? That would be nice wouldn't it? To bad Noam's too busy spending money that the city doesn't have (think city yard) to focus on this.
Nummy February 22, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Noam will have a ribbon cut ceremony for the opening of the bridge and make it look like he accomplished something like he always does
Nummy February 22, 2012 at 09:34 PM
MONEY and it was the highway crossing not a road that could of been bypass easily, that bridge was 3X the amount it would of been if it wasn't an emergency. If you recall they used a temporary bridge and the bridge that's there now took a year to build complete.
Billy February 22, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Nothing like giving yourself a big pat on the back.

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