FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE00-42
Closing Of Kisco River Bridge
Commissioner Joel A. Miele Sr., P.E., of the New York City Department
of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced today that the Kisco River
Bridge "D" on Lake Road in the Town of New Castle, Westchester
County, would remain closed until sometime in November two
months later than anticipated. DEP is reconstructing the bridge as
part of its comprehensive infrastructure renovation program in the
watersheds of its upstate reservoirs.
"We had planned to leave the bridge's original concrete wing
walls in place," said Commissioner Miele. "After work started
at the site, however, we discovered that the wing walls were deteriorated
and required replacement. I regret any inconvenience this delay may
cause users of the Kisco River Bridge."
The original structure was built in 1905, and substantial improvements
were made in 1928. Since then there have been dramatic increases in
the numbers and sizes of vehicles traveling the roads and bridges
of the watershed, and it is now time to bring the bridge into conformity
with modern highway engineering and safety standards.
Signs designating the closing of the bridge and the most convenient
detour have been installed at appropriate locations. The detour route
starts at Croton Lake Road, just north of the bridge, to West Main
Street and Millwood Road (Route 133), to Seven Bridges Road, to Sawmill
River Road (Route 100). The length of the detour is approximately
six miles; and involves approximately 10 to 12 minutes of extra travel
time. To accommodate residents of Lake Road, the road itself will
remain open on both sides of the bridge for local access only.
Bridge "D" crosses over the Kisco River as it flows into
the New Croton Reservoir. The City's responsibility for maintenance
of this and ten other bridges in Westchester County dates back to
the period when the new Croton Water Supply System was developed between
1870 and 1911. The City has scheduled most of its Westchester County
bridges for reconstruction or major improvements as part of DEP's
continuing program to upgrade infrastructure throughout its upstate
water supply system.