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Hurricane Irene Alters New Hempstead Road Reconstruction Schedule And Closes Part of Little Tor Road

Roads still closed in Orangetown and Clarkstown

The rains and winds of Hurricane Irene took their toll on the already deteriorated Little Tor Culvert just south of the intersection of Little Tor Road and in New City. Now a block-long section of Little Tor Road is closed to traffic for two weeks as construction begins to replace the culvert.

“It did undermine the culvert under Little Tor Road,” said Rockland County Highway Superintendent Charles “Skip” Vezzetti about the storm. “That culvert under Little Tor was already in a failed condition but it just got worse.”

Vezzetti said the culvert replacement was scheduled, but not at this point in the reconstruction project. The original plan was for half of the culvert to be replaced at a time so the road could remain open. That won’t happen now.

“We had to shift our priorities a little,” he said. “We realize it is going to be an inconvenience for a couple of weeks.”

 The culvert will be excavated and new drainage pipes will be installed. On a positive note, Vezzetti said since the work was already included as part of the reconstruction, it does not add to the cost of the project.

In Clarkstown, six roads were still closed mostly due to downed trees and/or power lines. The town highway department reported the number of roads shut to traffic on Tuesday was less than half the number closed on Monday.

  • Patricia Drive at New Hempstead Road in New City
  • South Mountain Road at the Ramapo border, off Little Tor Road in New City
  • Ridge Road between Highway Ave and Lakeview in Congers
  • Gilchrest Road between Emerald and the Congers Dam in Congers
  • Brookside Ave in Valley Cottage
  • Cottage Ave between Highview Ave and South Middletown Road in Nanuet

Colton Street by New York Ave in Congers had a downed tree but was passable.

Orangetown has several roads closed in Pearl River.

A section of West Washington Ave in Pearl River is closed due to O&R work. Also Lincoln Avenue between West Washington and the Lincoln Ave Elementary School is closed. A section of Gilbert Ave near Pearl River Middle School remains closed where a very large tree fell on power lines. The tree is off the lines, but O&R work is ongoing.

Vezzetti said crews have been working around the county in areas damaged by the hurricane. A huge log stuck in a culvert caused the flooding on North Main Street on Sunday. Flooding along the Pascack Brook and Muddy Creek has subsided.

Work continues in Orangetown on stabilizing the embankments of the bridge on West Washington Ave. Other parts of Rockland - Sloatsburg and Suffern - fared worse with bridges and roads being heavily damaged by the storm.    

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