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Evening Taconic Commute Moves Slowly, Steadily

WESTCHESTER, N.Y. – The first heavy slate of northbound commuters moved slowly but steadily along the Taconic State Parkway's newly narrowed stretch of road early Tuesday evening.

With construction on the AMVETS Bridge over the New Croton Reservoir beginning at 8 p.m. Monday, the parkway is facing its first real test of evening traffic. The construction has shut down northbound Taconic lanes from Pines Bridge Road in New Castle to Underhill Avenue in Yorktown.

Traffic in the area has been shifted to four southbound lanes, with concrete barriers between two lanes in each direction. Over the bridge, the speed limit has been reduced to 35 mph, and lanes have been reduced from 11 feet wide to 9 feet.

State troopers were scattered throughout the 3 1/2-mile stretch of parkway monitoring the situation.

In order to avoid major backups, officials are hoping to shed as many as 2,200 cars in the morning and evening commutes to alternative routes, such as Route 9, Route 100, I-684 and the Saw Mill River Parkway.

The northbound side of the bridge is scheduled to reopen Nov. 9.

Let us know about your Taconic State Parkway experience in the comment section or by e-mailing BMarschhauser@TheDailyChappaqua.com .

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