The New York State Department of Transportation is paving the way for a much improved Henry Hudson Parkway in our borough.
On Thursday, April 16, NYSDOT Commissioner Joan McDonald officially announced work on a $4 million project to pave the parkway in both directions from Kappock Street to the Westchester County line.
She added, work would begin in the northbound direction on Monday, April 20 for this 3.5-mile long project slated completion in June.
The northbound Henry Hudson Parkway will be fully closed from Kappock Street to 232nd Street during nighttime hours.
Throughout the duration, full lane closures will occur from 11 p.m. until 6 a.m. as will intermittent single lane closures amid off-peak, daytime hours.
For approximately one and a half months, the entire northbound roadway will be milled and paved one section at a time. Once finished, work will commence on the southbound side starting at the Westchester County line.
“The Henry Hudson Parkway is a vital transportation corridor in New York City, connecting Manhattan, the Bronx and Westchester County,” Commissioner McDonald expressed. “Under Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s leadership, this paving project will provide a smoother, safer riding surface for the nearly 100,000 motorists who use the Parkway each day.”
The project seeks to mill off existing asphalt pavement, repair the underlying concrete, apply new asphalt concrete, stripe the roadway, as well as clean and repair drainage structures.
The paving project’s construction contractor is Restani Construction Corporation of Astoria, New York.
In a separate $4.5 million contract, NYSDOT is currently upgrading HHP’s signs from 125th Street to the Westchester County line for a winter 2016 completion.
“This past winter was particularly harsh and as a result our highways took a beating. Nearly 100,000 motorists use the Henry Hudson Parkway every day, making it a vital piece of the New York City transportation system. I applaud NYSDOT Commissioner McDonald for spearheading this $4 million project to pave the parkway. Although the work may create a slight inconvenience for motorists for a short period of time, having a fully paved and safe highway will be of great benefit to everyone and will keep our city rolling along,” Congressman Eliot Engel said.
“The Henry Hudson Parkway is a lifeline for residents of the Bronx and Westchester and the thousands of commuters who use it on a daily basis. Repaving the parkway will not only make the ride smoother for our local drivers, but also improve their safety and security while traveling. I applaud the efforts of the DOT in addressing the concerns of our community in both a quick and efficient manner, and I look forward to using the newly paved parkway upon completion,” Senator Jeff Klein stated.
“The Henry Hudson Parkway is extremely important to the residents of the northwest Bronx, and the roadway needs to be well maintained. I’m pleased that NYSDOT is paving the parkway so early this spring, providing for a smooth ride throughout the upcoming summer driving season,” Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz said.
Motorists are advised to heed the Work Zone Safety Act of 2005 as fines are doubled for speeding and two or more such violations result in license suspension.