FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE97-11
April 14, 1997
Contact: Geoffrey Ryan (718/595-5371)
City to Replace Old Plum Brook Bridge in Somers New Span Will Retain Historical Integrity of Original
Commissioner Joel A. Miele Sr. of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection and William C. Harding, Supervisor of the Town of Somers , announced today that the City will replace the old, deteriorating Plum Brook Bridge with a new structure at a cost of $2.4 million. Since June 1996, Plum Brook Bridge has been restricted to one-way traffic because the New York State Department of Transportation found that it could no longer accommodate the volume, weight and load distribution of two-way traffic.
Commissioner Miele said, "I am pleased that the new bridge will be constructed at the same location and alignment as the existing bridge and that the design of the new Truss bridge will retain the historical integrity of the original span while meeting all of today's modern traffic standards."
The bridge carries local traffic on Plum Brook Road over an arm of the Muscoot Reservoir between Lakeview Drive and Route 138. Construction is scheduled to start in June of 1998. The project will take two years and will involve detouring traffic for the duration. The detour involves use of Routes 138 and 100, which intersect just north of Plum Brook Road, and will add approximately 3.5 miles (7 to 8 minutes traveling time) to the average trip. Signs designating the detour will be installed prior to the start of construction.
Supervisor Harding said, "While I regret any inconvenience the detour may cause users of the bridge, I am very pleased that the City's new bridge will maintain the historic integrity of our old bridge. The City should be applauded for its sensitivity to our need to preserve the many beautiful historic structures in Somers."
The City's responsibility for maintenance of Plum Brook Bridge and several others in Westchester County dates back to the period when the New Croton Water Supply System was developed between 1870 and 1911.