After three years and two months of construction, at a cost of $35.3 million, a massive new overpass connecting Short Clove Road to Route 9W in Haverstraw is open, eliminating a dangerous railroad grade crossing.
The project creates a new, safer connection to Route 9W and takes traffic over the CSX railroad tracks instead of cars having to cross the tracks, according to state Department of Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald.
Because of the length and frequency of freight trains on the CSX line, the Short Clove Road crossing was often blocked – effectively isolating the southern section of the Village of Haverstraw between Route 9W and the Hudson River and creating extensive delays for local motorists.
“For too long, village residents had to contend with the hazards and inconvenience of crossing a railroad at the intersection of Short Clove Road and Route 9W,” McDonald said. “This project has eliminated that challenge, and should improve the quality of life for those who live and work in Haverstraw.”
In the project, Short Clove Road was diverted 1,500 feet to the north, creating a new intersection with a new traffic signal at Route 9W. It also includes two new fly-over bridges to carry traffic over the CSX railroad tracks before reconnecting to Riverside Avenue, more than 1,700 feet of new roadway, approximately 4,700 feet of new retaining walls, extensive landscaping, utility relocation, improved drainage and pavement markings.
Here’s some reaction to the opening of the overpass:
U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-NY : “This project is a perfect example of federal, state, local government and private businesses working together to upgrade our core public infrastructure. I fought hard to deliver federal investments to help make the commute easier and quicker for everyone in Rockland County and throughout the Hudson Valley that uses the Short Clove Road intersection. This project is a win-win – it will help commuters get to work more quickly, and created jobs as we rebuild our roads.”
U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, a member of the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee: “The Short Clove Road project will significantly improve public safety and reduce traffic delays at this important intersection in Haverstraw. It not only enhances the safety and quality of life for Rockland residents, but is also a vital, long-term investment in the region’s economic future. It is an example of the kind of critical economic and infrastructure investments we need all across New York State.”
U.S. Rep Nita Lowey, D-Westchester, Rockland: “Investing in our roads, bridges, and transportation networks creates local jobs and makes our region an even greater place to live, work, and do business. That is why I secured $800,000 in federal funding to re-grade Short Clove Road in Haverstraw and construct a new rail overpass. I am pleased this project is completed and will help Rockland County commuters and other travelers.”
State Sen. David Carlucci, D-New City: “The opening of the new Route 9W and Short Clove Road intersection is welcome news for residents who have had to cope with traffic congestion and frequent trains blocking its passage. The overpass will improve safety, the flow of traffic and aid in the economic growth of the Village center. I commend the Department of Transportation for the completion of this vital project.”
Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski, D-New City: “I am pleased with the coordination efforts between the State and local governments in completing the necessary Short Clove Road bridge project. This project greatly improves the safety of all drivers and creates better access into the Village of Haverstraw."
Haverstraw Supervisor Howard T. Phillips Jr.: “It was a cooperative effort by state, county, town, and village governments to eliminate a dangerous intersection and allow safe residential and commercial access into the village. This project will tremendously enhance access into and out of the Village of Haverstraw.”
Haverstraw Village Mayor Mike Kohut: “The Village is ecstatic about the opening of the new roadway. All the traffic issues during construction and dangers associated with the old road will quickly be forgotten by the residents and drivers once the new road opens to vehicular traffic. We will finally be free of many of the delays caused by CSX trains cutting off the lower Village from the rest of the world. The State and Ecco should be proud of their accomplishment. The roadway is a marvel, and the workmanship of the contractor has been outstanding. We thank our State and Federal officials for recognizing the need for this project and following through with it.”
Ross J. Pepe, President, Construction Industry Council of Westchester and Hudson Valley: “This project is a true example of how cooperation of local, state and federal governments partnering with industry can achieve great things. The new roadway and overpass eliminated a terrible hazard that over decades contributed to unsafe vehicle operations and at the same time gave new economic life to the Village of Haverstraw, new development projects and ready access to river borne mass transportation. Rockland County’s construction industry is proud to have participated in the excellent outcome for all county residents and road users.”