One of New City’s traffic detours could be history later today. Traffic on could be moving through the New Hempstead Road intersection by the end of the day.
Late Monday afternoon, Rockland County Highway Department Capital Projects Manager Joe Pyzowski said, “We have to sweep off the dust and dirt and paint (the) centerline stripe.”
Fresh paving was evident on the stretch of road between Thornwood Drive and New Hempstead Road. Numerous pieces of heavy construction equipment and lots of large pipes, barriers and other materials still lined much of the roadway and adjacent culvert area.
Little Tor Road has been closed since Hurricane Irene’s winds and rains undermined the already deteriorated culvert putting it in even worse condition. While the county had planned to rebuild the culvert in stages the project was changed to close the road completely and reconstruct it all at once. Initially, the county hoped to complete the project in two weeks however for the past three weeks drivers have been detoured to neighboring streets.
While traffic resumes using the road, work will continue to build the retaining walls of the culvert as part of the overall New Hempstead Road reconstruction project. Reconstruction of New Hempstead Road extends from North Main Street to the Palisades Interstate Parkway.