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Rains Delay Briarcliff North State Construction

BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. – Construction on North State Road between Route 9A and Pleasantville Road has been set back a day because of the recent rain, village Manager Philip Zegarelli said.

"The trap rock was all smooth. It was way above the water and nice and level," Zegarelli said as he pointed down into an opening in the construction site where a tributary of the Pocantico River passes through. "The foundation got washed out with the storm yesterday."

Square shaped culverts that will fit into the opening are currently sitting on flatbed trucks ready to be transported, Zegarelli said. They will likely be installed Friday and into the weekend using a large white crane that is already sitting on the construction site, ready to be assembled.

After the culverts are in place, one or two lanes of North State Road will be able to be reopened.

"On Monday or Tuesday we'll probably have one lane open, maybe two," Zegarelli said.

But the work won't stop there. After the culverts are in place, a specially designed piece needs to be put in place to connect the square culverts which are on village property to a round waterway that begins on Birrittella's gas station's property.

"It's literally fitting a round hole into a square peg," Zegarelli said.

The village is not directly involved with the Birrittella construction which is being done by the state Department of Transportation, Zegarelli said.

A backup sewer system is in place on the construction site to deal with sewage when the sewer system needs to be shut down to get the culverts in place, the village manager pointed out.

"Everything's going to be positioned in place so that the culverts can go in," Zegarelli said.

North State Road between Route 9A and Pleasantville Road was closed in August during Hurricane Irene due to a large hole that developed in the road that contained within a gas line, a water main, a sewer main, an electrical oil static line and Department of Transportation junction boxes for traffic signals.

The road was reopened for about a month in October, then closed again when permanent repairs funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency began.

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