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Sink Hole Covered for Now, North State Road Opens

BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. – North State Road between Pleasantville Road and Route 9A has been temporarily reopened as of 3 p.m. on Friday after a large part of the road caved in last month during Hurricane Irene.

The large hole that formed when the ground around an existing underground opening eroded has been temporarily patched, paved over and covered with steel plates, village Manager Philip Zegarelli said in a press release.

The 500-foot stretch of road will be closed again once contracts are approved and construction is undertaken to permanently fix the road.

"This is not a simple 'fill the hole and repave it' type of project and the intention of the mayor and Board of Trustees is to have this area fully repaired and completed as quickly as possible, but on a fully permanent basis," Zegarelli said.

The underground opening, or culvert, where the road caved in contains a gas line, a water main, a sewer main, an electrical oil static line and Department of Transportation junction boxes for traffic signals, Zegarelli said.

Two lanes of traffic are now open on the road – one going east and the other going west.

Zegarelli urged motorists to use caution when driving over the steel plates, which can be slippery when wet, and to observe a speed limit of five miles per hour.

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