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More Work Coming to Briarcliff's North State Road

BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. – Briarcliff Manor officials say they’re going to take advantage of an opportunity to improve North State Road with work expected to start back up on the project in the coming months.

New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) officials completed work on North State Road in December , four months after Hurricane Irene storms created a sinkhole between Route 9A and Pleasantville Road. The previous roadwork was largely funded through Federal Emergency Management Agency grants (FEMA).

Village officials said they received bids this week for new landscape improvements, replacing and widening the sidewalks, for about $27,000, replacing the old guiderail,  around $20,000 and adding new street lighting for $20,000 on the south side of the road.

Village Engineer Dave Turiano said Friday NYSDOT crews replaced part of the guiderail and added the new curb, village officials want to do more with the area.

“The DOT did a nice job with the work they did but there’s a lot more that can be done there to improve the area,” Turiano said. “We might seek to get some of the work funded from FEMA but it’s predominately going to be done with village funds. We’re very aggressive in trying to get FEMA funding so hopefully that will help too.”

Turiano added that the bids require a village Board of Trustee approval before work can commence, which he anticipated will get underway by May.

The road was originally closed in August after a sinkhole developed during Hurricane Irene. The road reopened for about a month in October, according to earlier reports, then closed again when permanent repairs funded by FEMA began. Village Manager Philip Zegarelli said in December it was originally believed that the sinkhole was a result of the storm, but it could have also been caused by what he referred to as “mismatched construction.”

“We found the original bridge underneath,” Zegarelli said in December, adding that the discovery led to complications in reconstruction. “The culvert that came in mismatched the culvert under the road and it wasn’t sealed. It created a lot of sinkholes so it had to be totally redone.”

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