The Fulton Avenue Drawbridge is closed again, this time for emergency repairs, Westchester County announced. Inspectors found “structural deficiencies” in the bridge between Mount Vernon and Pelham Manor. It has failed inspections repeatedly in the past.
The county-owned bridge had a relatively low rating in New York State’s list of all spans with the last inspection on record with the state, from August, 2012. The condition rating was 4.33 on a scale that goes up to 7. Anything below a 5 needs attention, according to the state Department of Transportation, which keeps the list.
But the 1974 span has required attention since then. Most recently, it was closed on-and-off in May for repairs.
Here’s a press release from Westchester County on the repairs:
FULTON AVENUE DRAWBRIDGE CLOSED FOR EMERGENCY REPAIRS
Effective immediately and continuing until further notice, the Fulton Avenue Drawbridge between Secor Lane and Edison Avenue in Mount Vernon and Pelham Manor will be closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic.
This closure is due to structural deficiencies detected by inspectors. This bridge has failed numerous times in the past and on occasion has been closed for as long as six months. Most recently, the bridge was closed intermittently in May for maintenance work.
The Fulton Avenue Bridge connects Mount Vernon to Rt. 1 in addition to the area’s major retail corridor. The posted detour route uses Pelham Parkway to Boston Post Road to Provost Avenue to South Third Avenue to South Columbus Avenue to South Fulton Avenue.