Westchester Legislators Approve $5M In Funds For County Roads, Bridges

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Last winter took a heavy toll on roads and bridges in Westchester.
Last winter took a heavy toll on roads and bridges in Westchester. Photo Credit: File

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- The Westchester County Board of Legislators unanimously approved a $5 million capital budget amendment and a corresponding bond resolution to rehabilitate 40 roads and bridges throughout the county.

The budget amendment was put into place due to the unusually severe weather of winter 2013-14.

The scope of work goes from rehabbing short sections to complete milling and resurfacing of road surfaces.

The bridge work that is being planned will consist of bearing rehabilitation, joint replacement, structural steel rehabilitation, concrete replacement, substructure reconstruction, abutment reconstruction, deck reconstruction, surface replacement, railing replacement, stone masonry reconstruction and sidewalk and curb replacement.

"The condition of these roads has made them difficult on our residents and their vehicles, so I am glad that there will be repairs," Legislator MaryJane Shimsky (D -Hastings-on-Hudson) said in a statement. "But I am concerned that this is relatively minor work, compared with what needs to be done; and that we have many other roads in equally bad shape. If we spend millions on projects like this, I fear that we may end up taking money away from the major reconstruction that we need. "

The design phase of the work is expected to take as little as two months and the construction phase is anticipated to take three months to complete.

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Yeah, more patches all over the place like they do in most towns and villages in Westchester.

If the county can't rustle up $5 million out of a $1.7 billion budget without borrowing the money, something's wrong.

Um, you would think so, but when you look at what's left over after paying out all the State mandated costs, there's not much to work with.

But borrowing the money isn't the answer, that'll just make it more expensive in the long run.

I wonder how much of that money will go to friends of the politicians paving company or union and back to one or 2 of the County's
politicians? Samething with
the new Tappan Zee bridge!

This is why we need to
carefully monitor all
spending. Including monitoring these politicians and who they hire and how the taxpayers money is spent and distributed.

I wonder how much of that money will go to friends of the politicians paving company or union and back to one or 2 of the County's politicians?

I wonder how much of that money will go to friends of the politicians paving company or union and back to one or 2 of the County's politicians?

I wonder how much of that money will go to friends of the politicians paving company or union and back to one or 2 of the County's politicians?

Are there any road money slated for White Plains. Many streets need repaving. S Kensico near intersection with Main St to Westchester Ave is one of the worst places to drive in White Plains. City did curb cuts but these were not the real problem. The areas where there are cross walks are mostly patch work and very difficult to walk on. White lines need to be redone. I do hope some of the areas are in White Plains where there are many county roads.