Saw Mill Parkway Project Resumes This Weekend, Delays Expected

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The second phase of the Saw Mill Parkway renovation begins Saturday and will last three weeks.
The second phase of the Saw Mill Parkway renovation begins Saturday and will last three weeks.

Motorists should anticipate delays later this week when the second phase of the Saw Mill Parkway project in Pleasantville resumes on Saturday morning.

The scheduled 21-day project will be worked on around the clock. During that time, the southbound lanes will be closed for repair while the northbound lanes will carry one lane of traffic in each direction and separated by a concrete partition, said Village Administrator Patricia Dwyer.

“There will be a funnel effect, so there will be some delays,” Dwyer said.

Portable electronic message boards are in place in the village to warn motorists and to encourage drivers to seek alternate routes.

The state Department of Transportation (DOT) is replacing parts of the roadway in need of repair. The work will also help alleviate flooding on the road during heavy rainfall by reducing water collection underneath the parkway, according to DOT representatives.

Work will be overseen by ECCO III Enterprises, which handled the project’s first phase in the spring. The earlier phase created a detour route through the village at night, however, this time there will be no detour at any time.

DOT Region 8 spokeswoman Gina DiSarro said the agency and the village have done a good job notifying the public of the work. Many motorists are already aware of the project, she said, and expect at least some traffic delays. August is traditionally one of the lightest traffic periods of the year as well in the area.

“People may already be looking for different routes or a detour,” she said.

Motorists traveling southbound will be corralled onto the northbound side of the parkway just north of the Grant Street exit and will remain in the modified lane until the Marble Street exit. They will then be guided back into the regular southbound lanes.

 

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