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Scarsdale Bridge Construction Slows Commuters

SCARSDALE, N.Y. - Dan Tabak needs to start his morning commute a few minutes earlier than usual because of the ongoing construction work on the Popham Road Bridge.

Beginning early last year, the construction increased the time it takes to get to the Scarsdale Metro North station, a train residents such as Tabak depend on daily.

“There was one time where they closed the bridge with no notice,” said Tabak. “They had completely inadequate plans for getting around, and everybody on that side of the road missed their train.”

An array of orange detour signs surround the intersection near the Scarsdale station. The construction work blocks off a stairway that Metro North commuters typically used to get to their train.

“When I park over here I have to walk around instead of using the stairs,” said Scarsdale resident Adam Rudin. “I don’t even know what they’re doing over there.”

The $15 million project is meant to replace the Popham Road Bridge by the end of this year.  The federal government is funding the majority of the work, while the Village of Scarsdale is covering $540, 000. According to construction worker Joe Lividini, the residential feedback hasn’t been too negative.

“There are some complaints here and there when we’re working at night, but it’s nothing serious,” said Lividini.

Scarsdale residents such as Brett Zelner acknowledge the obstacles created by the work, but don’t see it as a major setback.

“Things take a little longer than usual, but it’s no big deal,” said Zelner.

Rudin said in the inconvenience is relatively minor.

“Leaving your house five minutes early isn’t the end of the world.”

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