The Ashford Avenue Bridge connects the Villages of Ardsley and Dobbs Ferry. It traverses the Saw Mill River, Saw Mill River Parkway, South County Trailway and the New York State Thruway. On Dec. 14, 2015 the project has been awarded to EE Cruz & Company, Inc. in the amount of $17,902,768. The construction phase commenced on Jan. 4, 2016 and will be completed by Sept. 20, 2018. Review the list of frequently asked questions.
The bridge, built in 1950, carries 20,170 vehicles per day (2012 volumes). The 33-month project will be broken into three primary stages plus a pre-stage. During stages one and two, Ashford Avenue will be reduced from four lanes [two lanes in each direction] to two lanes [one lane in each direction]. During stages one and two, there will be limited periods of overnight construction when steel is removed and subsequently installed over the Saw Mill River Parkway and New York State Thruway. In order to reduce the duration of full-time lane reductions on Ashford Avenue, pre-stage activities will occur with off-peak lane closures on Ashford Avenue.
In addition, the entrance and exit ramp to the Northbound (NB) Saw Mill River Parkway (SMRP) will be closed during the pre-stage and remain closed in stage one. During stage two, the NB Exit will be reopened but the NB Entrance will remain closed. In stage three, the NB entrance and exit ramps will be reopened and all four lanes should once again be available in peak periods.
Project Update Read the latest updates about road closures.
On Monday March 14, 2016, Exit 17, from the Northbound Saw Mill River Parkway to Ashford Avenue will be closed for long term construction. Also closing will be the entrance from Ashford Avenue to the Northbound Saw Mill River Parkway. Detours will be posted utilizing Route 9A (Saw Mill River Road) and Lawrence Street. In addition, multiple Variable Message Signs (VMS) have been installed to notify motorist of the ramp closures. The northbound exit ramp will reopen when the project enters Stage 2 and the northbound entrance ramp will be reopened when the project enters Stage 3.
Currently the Ashford Avenue Bridge Projects is in Stage 1. An overview of the construction stages is as follows:
- Pre-Stage – Began on January 4, 2016 and will run until June 2016. During the Pre-Stage there will be midday lane closures (generally from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM) on Ashford Avenue for off-structure utility relocations. The closure of the northbound entrance & exit ramps to Ashford Avenue will also occur in the pre-stage, followed by the demolition of the ramps.
- Stage 1 began on June15, 2016 and last approximately 1 year. During Stage 1, the south half of the Ashford Avenue Bridge will be demolished and replaced. During this time there will be one lane of traffic in each direction on Ashford Avenue with no access to/from the Northbound Saw Mill River Parkway.
- Stage 2 is expected to begin in June 2017 and last approximately 1 year. During Stage 2, the north half of the Ashford Avenue Bridge will be demolished and replaced. During this time there will be one lane of traffic in each direction on Ashford Avenue with no access to/from the Northbound Saw Mill River Parkway.
- Stage 3 is expected to begin in June of 2018 and last approximately 4 months. During Stage 3, the Ashford Avenue Bridge will be restored to two lanes in each direction during peak periods with final paving and sidewalk work occurring in midday periods. The interchange (exit/entrance ramps) with the Northbound Saw Mill River Parkway will also be fully restored during peak periods.
In June 2012, some concrete fell from the bridge on to the thruway below. In response to that, County Executive Robert P. Astorino immediately ordered additional inspections of the bridge, initiated a $1.5 million capital project amendment to address the bridge's immediate needs and organized an effort to expedite the $24 million (includes design, construction, construction inspection and right-of-way acquisition) long-term capital project for the bridge's rehabilitation.
Questions or comments about the project
If you have any questions or comments, submit them online. We have created a list of frequently asked questions for your reference. You may also subscribe to receive updates on the progess of the bridge's repairs.
|Press Releases and other Project Updates
|06/14/16||Press Release AAB Lane Closures|
|03/09/16||Press Release AAB Ramp Closures|
|02/26/16||Press Release AAB Work Begins WB Lane Closures|
|11/26/14||Press Release Ashford Ave Br Weekday Lane Closures|
|11/19/14||Press Release Ashford Ave Br Lane Closure|
|07/27/12||Press Release (Immediate Repairs)|
|07/12/12||Press Release (Project Status)|
Publications associated with this project are listed below.
|$1.5 million Capital Budget Amendment - 7/27/2012|
|Ashford Avenue - Public Meeting Presentation - 5/16/12|
Eminent Domain Procedure Law Republic Hearing
In accordance with, Article 2 of the New York Eminent Domain Procedure Law ("EDPL"), a public hearing was held on May 20, 2013 for the proposed public project (PIN 8760.92) to rehabilitate the Ashford Avenue Bridge (BIN 5348380) which is located within the Villages of Ardsley and Dobbs Ferry and situated over the Saw Mill River Parkway, South County Trailway, Elm Street, the New York State Thruway (Interstate 87) and the Saw Mill River, and the public project to rehabilitate the entrance and exit ramp between Ashford Avenue to the northbound Saw Mill River (BIN 534838A). Below are the Exhibits from this public hearing, and comments received and the County's responses.
|May 16, 2012|