New City, NY – Rockland County Executive Ed Day signed a resolution authorizing the county to bond $2,300,000 to be expended towards the replacement of the Samsondale Avenue Bridge over the CSX Railroad in the Village of West Haverstraw.
“Infrastructure is critical to every facet of our economic and daily life, whether it is getting to work, shopping or driving our children safely to school, our transportation infrastructure system is at the center,” County Executive Ed Day said. “My administration is committed to improving Rockland’s roads and bridges while budgeting our taxpayer dollars as carefully as our residents do themselves. I appreciate my colleagues in the County Legislature for passing the resolutions required to get this project started.”
The Rockland County Legislature recently passed the bond resolution and three other resolutions relating to the project.
Legislator Jay Hood Jr., who represents West Haverstraw, said, “I am happy to see this bridge replacement project get underway. It is a main artery for West Haverstraw and is a much-needed project for this area. I applaud and thank the County administration and the Legislature for passing the necessary resolutions to begin work. The work will temporarily cause a bit of a disruption of the usual traffic patterns but there are alternative routes to easily access all homes and businesses in the area. I ask our residents to have patience while the work is completed.”
Village of West Haverstraw Mayor Robert R. D’Amelio expressed his gratitude to Rockland County officials for developing, funding, and breaking ground on the Samsondale Avenue Bridge project. “My top priority as Mayor is to upgrade West Haverstraw’s aging infrastructure. The existing, 40-year-old bridge was in desperate need of replacement. County Executive Day and the Legislature recognized that need and are making it happen.”
D’Amelio also thanked the Rockland County Highway Department for working with the Village to design a visually appealing bridge. “Not only will the new Samsondale Avenue Bridge provide a safe thoroughfare for pedestrians and vehicles, it’s going to be a very beautiful landscape feature in West Haverstraw.” Mayor D’Amelio intends to add decorative banners and flowers when the construction project is complete.
The Samsondale Avenue Bridge was closed off beginning Monday, April 2, 2018. The bridge is scheduled to temporarily re-open on December 1, 2018, and stay open through the winter. Work on the bridge will be completed by June 1, 2019.
“This project…comes at minimal cost to our taxpayers,” Day explained, as the bulk of the cost is eligible for reimbursement by the federal transportation authorities and much of the rest by the state. County taxpayers will pay 10 – 15 percent of the total cost. concluded County Executive Day.
For information regarding the bridge closure and TOR Bus Route #95 changes visit http://rocklandgov.com/departments/public-transportation/transit-alerts
COUNTY PRESS RELEASE