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Stretch Of Saw Mill River Parkway In Pleasantville To Be Raised To Cut Down On Flooding

Repaving Project To Begin Later This Month
Saw Mill River Parkway signs in Pleasantville, N.Y. (credit: Paul Murnane/WCBS 880)

Saw Mill River Parkway signs in Pleasantville, N.Y. (credit: Paul Murnane/WCBS 880)

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – A repaving project on a stretch of the Saw Mill River Parkway in Pleasantville could mitigate the impact of roadway flooding.

As WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane reported, crews will add another three inches of asphalt along 900 feet of the parkway later this month in an effort to reduce minor spells of flooding, which sends detouring traffic through village streets.

The village’s mayor said the roadway repaving is a temporary fix and is appealing to Albany to rehab the parkway.

“The real solution is to build a low bridge that allows proper pilings to support the road and the water to flow underneath it. The money’s not available so far, at least on the state front, and they have used these interim fixes,” Pleasantville Mayor Peter Sherer told Murnane. “What we need them to do is keep track of the height of this parkway year after year after year so we never get into a circumstance where it’s closing as frequently as it did over the past spring.”

When the parkway is closed due to flooding, it clogs local roads with traffic so bad that people say they can’t get out of their driveways, Murnane reported.

Sherer called the parkway flooding issue a regional headache.

The project will run southbound between Bedford Road and Marble Avenue in Pleasantville. In addition to raising the roadway, the project also calls for paving the Marble Avenue exit ramp, according to the state Department of Transportation.

That 900-foot stretch of the parkway is built in a marshy area on a peat bog.

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