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Popham Rd closure delayed by a day...TZ bridge construction expedited
Release Date: October 12, 2011

Due to the inclement weather forecast for tomorrow, Wednesday, October 12th, the closure of the Popham Road Bridge has been changed as follows:

The Village of Scarsdale has scheduled a complete closure of the Popham Road Bridge to vehicular traffic from 9:30am on Thursday, October 13th to 6:00am on Friday, October 14th.  Pedestrian access over the Bridge will be maintained during this period. Rain dates for the closure are set from Friday, October 14th to Saturday, October 15th, at the same times.  The Bridge will be closed so the contractor can pour the concrete deck on the north side which will require time to cure.  A traffic detour has been established for the Bridge closure and we ask motorists to please follow the detour signs to avoid expected traffic delays.  Drivers familiar with the area are encouraged to use alternate routes and avoid the Popham Road, Garth Road, Harney Road, and Scarsdale Avenue areas during the Bridge closure period.  Efforts to minimize motorist delays have been coordinated by the Village with all contiguous municipalities and involved agencies.  Police personnel will be on site to assist with traffic control. In the event of a change in closure scheduling, including the institution of the reported rain dates, additional advisories will be issued. Thank you in advance for your  cooperation and patience during this temporary inconvenience.
President Obama expedites Tappan Zee Bridge construction
President Barack Obama approved Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s recommendation to the President to expedite the licensing and permitting process in order to begin building a new Tappan Zee Bridge.
The Governor asked the federal government to expedite certain requirements for the project, which includes an Environmental Impact Statement.  The Governor has said that there is a possibility that the new bridge construction project could begin next year.  The bridge that is being replaced was built in the 1950s. A new bridge could cost $16 billion. Funding has not been secured as of this e mail.
I am planning to invite the TZ bridge project coordinator to a Town Board meeting in late October or early November to provide Board members and the community with an update on the project and an explanation of the significance of this new development. The Town Board has had similar meetings during the past few years. Now, that the project is closer to reality- there probably will be much more community interest in the plans.

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