The Prospect Hill Bridge in Southeast will be getting a $95 million facelift during an upcoming rebuilding project by the MTA Metro-North Railroad.
The 107-year-old bridge, which has been closed to traffic for more than 10 years and deemed beyond repair, will be rebuilt using funds from the MTA’s 2015-2019 Capital Program.
The 270-foot-long bridge, which was built in 1910, is located just south of the Southeast station; it carries Prospect Hill Road over the Harlem Line tracks and parts of Metro-North’s Brewster Yard.
“Metro-North has been working diligently with the Town of Southeast to rebuild the Prospect Hill Bridge. The bridge has been a key component of the town’s infrastructure for over a century, and funds from the MTA’s Capital Program will help maintain it well into the future, said Metro-North Railroad President Joseph Giulietti.
The first step of the reconstruction will include the demolition and removal of the bridge, piers, abutments and roadway approaches, as well as clearing trees, shrubs, stumps and rubbish from the future right-of-way, the MTA said.
In addition, utility poles will be excavated, removed and re-installed for structural work; crews will then construct new utilities, including communications, signals, and power.
“A bridge long taken for granted by many over the years has proved in its absence how important it is to the vitality of our community. Replacing the former decades-old ‘rickety bridge’ with a state-of-the-art bridge will restore a valuable piece of infrastructure within our community. We look forward to its construction and reopening," said Town of Southeast Supervisor, Tony Hay said.
When the first stage is finished, the stage will be set for crews to install new abutments, piers, bridge substructure and superstructure, roadway approaches, sidewalk, striping, signage, guide rails, fencing, retaining walls, grading, and drainage. Metro-North estimates the project will take 20 months to complete.