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Scarsdale Fielding Complaints on Popham Bridge Noise

SCARSDALE, N.Y. - Greenburgh Supervisor Paul Feiner wants Scarsdale to relocate Edgemont residents bothered by the noise caused by overnight construction on the Popham Road Bridge.

The bridge work, which has been going on for more than a year, has been an inconvenience for many nearby residents. The Village of Scarsdale says the work went to Stage 3 of its demolition process Monday night and is slated to continue until the end of July.

Although the nighttime noise is a hindrance to those who get up early for work, construction on the bridge has to take place between 9:00 p.m and 5:00 a.m. due to safety precautions, the Village of Scarsdale said.

According to Feiner, two emails have been sent and several phone calls made to address the construction noise. One email, according to Feiner, stated that jack-hammering could be heard through 3:00 a.m. and he wrote “This is UNACCEPTABLE!!!!” Another email went as far as to call this nocturnal work “a form of torture.”

As a result, Feiner has proposed a plan to the contractor that may satisfy both parties by giving residents a choice of temporarily residing in nearby hotels for the duration of the demolition process. This plan is modeled after an incident on Central Avenue in Greenburgh where residents were relocated while a landlord repaved his driveway. When Town Clerk Judith Beville gave residents the option to live in a nearby hotel, many were happy to take it.

Contractors next have to finish work on the final (middle) section of the bridge, which includes demolition of the concrete deck, abutments, footings, and structural steel. Noise levels will vary depending on the type of demolition being performed and the village has directed the contractor to perform the noisiest procedures during the earliest hours of the night. The bridge is supposed to be fully complete by February.

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