New Hempstead Road Construction Nears Completion

According to Skip Vezzetti, the Rockland Highway Superintendent, the construction on New Hempstead Road will be finished this month, the contractor has until July 31 to finish. Officials stated that the work was supposed to be done last month, but rain and utility issues held up the date. The $42 million project began in 2011 and reconstructed two miles from Main Street in New City to the Palisades Parkway Interchange and, according to Vezzetti, is a complete rebuilding, widening, straightening, and installation of a new bridge, sidewalks, crosswalks, and landscaping that could make the road last 80 to 100 years. Once the work is completed it will be the first time in three years that the road is construction free for travelers, and the installation of turning lanes will help cut down on traffic as well. Vezzetti stated that much of the $33 million spent on construction will be reimbursed by utilities and the federal government repairs and final numbers are not yet known.

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