For residents with homes on and around Sparkill Creek in Tappan and Palisades, NY who have seen flooding from rainstorms soak their homes and properties, help is on the way. Work on a new and significantly larger bridge spanning the Sparkill Creek in Tappan will be starting at the end of May, 2013 to replace the 18th century bridge currently carrying Oak Tree Road traffic. The new bridge is being built in part to alleviate flooding caused by the creek during periods of heavy rainfall. Highway Superintendent James Dean explained that the narrowness of the bridge (nineteen feet wide) acts as a barrier for run-off water and contributes to local flooding in Palisades and Tappan.
The new bridge will be 40 feet wide, and its level will be raised a foot higher than the current bridge. Construction will take approximately six months for demolition of the old structure and construction of the new bridge. In the meantime and throughout construction, Oak Tree Road, a major thoroughfare in Tappan will be closed. Other routes to Tappan including Kings Highway, Old Tappan Road, Washington Street, Main Street, Old Greenbush Road and Western Highway will not be affected by the closure.
Funding for the project was provided by a $1.2 million grant from the State of New York, secured in 2008 by Assembly-woman Ellen Jaffee.
Originally posted at Great News For Tappan, NY Residents With Wet Feet