11/30/2009 10:17:15 AM



At the request of Board Chairman William Ryan (D, WFP-White Plains), the county has approved an additional $200,000 to fund the design of improvements to the Crane Road Bridge.  This project is initiated by the Westchester County Department of Public Works. Approximately midway along the Bronx River Parkway 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 that is known as the Crane Road Bridge (or Viaduct). 


“This is yet one more example of how the County works collaboratively with the state and federal government to benefits its citizens,” said Chairman Ryan. “This project will begin construction in 2011 using over $45 million in state and federal funding.  As the fiscal crisis deepens, now more than ever, the County is doing everything possible to help provide vital services to our residents while creating partnerships with government at all levels to reduce costs to taxpayers.”


In recent years, the Crane Road Bridge has become increasingly deteriorated with two separate incidents involving holes that developed in the concrete deck of the “Mushroom Bridge” and resulted in emergency travel lane closures until repairs could be completed. The first incident occurred in December 2006, and the second in July 2007.  Both bridges were constructed in 1925 and underwent rehabilitation in 1956, 1981, and 1990, with an interim bridge repair program occurring in 2008. The funding was made available by the county, along with $800,000 in non-county funds from the Federal Surface Transportation program.  Westchester County and the agencies involved in funding and approving this project have recognized the unique historic and environmental character of the Crane Road Bridge to the region.