PELHAM MANOR, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Construction on a section of the Hutchinson River Parkway is causing some major headaches for drivers.
For the next four days, Hutchinson River Parkway traffic in both directions is being diverted in Pelham Manor so the bridge over Boston Post Road can be upgraded.
Crews will be using prefabricated deck panels and fast-drying concrete that can be ready for traffic within hours rather than weeks as a way to expedite the project.[cbs-audio url=”http://cbsnewyork.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/hutch.mp3″ size=”340″ download=”false” name=”Hutchinson River Parkway Bridge Deck Replacement Causing Headaches For Drivers” artist=”WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane reports”]
“This will be one of the models for getting bridge work done much more quickly in the future,” New York State DOT Commissioner Joan McDonald told 1010 WINS. “It will be much less inconvenient to the traveling public.”
Traffic is being detoured onto Interstate 95 and Pelham Parkway. Hutchinson River Parkway traffic will be diverted in both directions through the Boston Post Road on and off ramps.
Many drivers Tuesday morning weren’t happy about the detours.
“We have to go all the way down, either on I-95, jump on for three exits, then get off,” one woman told WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane. “I don’t know how we’re going to do it.”
“I have to go to 95 now,” said another.
Crews will work around the clock for 96 hours to complete the $1.5 million construction project. Work is scheduled to wrap up on Saturday, according to the DOT.
Officials said drivers should plan alternate routes.
The DOT said about 3,000 vehicles a day travel the Hutchinson River Parkway at the bridge.
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