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Gerrard: Bridge Construction Closing on Nov. 23

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. – For years, the simple task of leaving and entering downtown Chappaqua has become a challenging endeavor for many residents. Soon, Town Supervisor Barbara Gerrard says, those headaches will be over.

Gerrard briefed the Millwood Task Force on Thursday night about the progress of the oft-delayed, three-plus year construction process on the Route 120 bridge. She said that Conti Construction, the independent contractor working on the bridge, will finish up for now on Wednesday, Nov. 23.

“I know it’s been terrible for everybody,” said Gerrard.

The construction company milled both sides of the bridge last week, and completed paving on Friday night. Paving was originally scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, but was delayed following Saturday’s snowstorm.

Remaining construction includes lane striping on Monday, Nov. 7., and the installation of lampposts on the North side of the bridge sometime next week.

While the company will be taking down most of its staging on Nov. 23, there is still work to be done in the spring, including landscaping that cannot be completed until the spring. The crew will also return in the spring to install new crosswalks on the bridge.

“Instead of just having it hashed with paint, they’re putting in Belgian blocks, and very nice attractive crosswalks on both sides of the triangle,” said Gerrard, who added that the company simply ran out of time to finish it in the fall.

Also discussed at Thursday night's meeting was the progress of the sewer petition for New Castle. The petition was filed in July of 2010 and calls for an expansion the existing sewer district to Random Farms, Riverwoods and Yeshiva Farms. Is currently being reviewed by the Westchester County Board of Legislators and sketches are being drawn by Town Planner David Brito.

District 4 County Legislator Mike Kaplowitz (D-Somers), who was in Millwood on Thursday, said he will be meeting with the Department of Environmental Protection on Nov. 14.

"We're gonna isolate any problems we have and deal with it," said County Legislator Mike Kaplowitz. "My job, as I see it, is to be your representative. You tell me what the job order is and I just go forward and try to make it happen."

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