Airmont Road closure should not cause too much traffic, officials say
BY KRISTEN SULLIVAN
A portion of Airmont Road will be closed from July 18-20 in order to expedite track replacements by Norfolk-Southern Railroad, Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence and other Ramapo town officials announced on Wednesday. The current railroad crossing is traveled on by over 50,000 cars daily and is known for its hazardous potholes and ruts, they explained.
St. Lawrence said the town had been working for several years to make travel better for the residents and upgrade the crossing by getting Norfolk- Southern Railroad tracks on Airmont Road between Route 59 and the NYS Thruway (exit 14B). The goal is to close the road on Friday, July 18 at 10 a.m. and keep it closed until the new tracks are put in. Because the work will be expedited, the town hopes to finish on Saturday and have the road open by Sunday.
The portion of the road that stretches from Route 59 until the railroad tracks will be open for travel during construction, however, to ensure that local businesses suffer as little as possible from the closure. Police officers will help direct traffic to a detour route so that traffic flow is not impacted drastically.
Residents should be proactive and consider making alternate plans for travel for these few days.