I-684 Re-facing planned in North Salem

The New York Department of Transportation plans on repaving the part of I-684 that runs through North Salem.

Two years after the I-684/I-84 Consortium got together asking for upgrades on the northern Westchester/southern Putnam roadways, the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced plans to repave a section of I-684 in North Salem from Croton Falls to Route 35 (exit 5 to exit 8), slightly north of the Route 35 overpass to south of the Hardscrabble Road overpass. The ramps at Route 116 are also a part of the project.

North Salem Town Supervisor Warren Lucas says the DOT informed him that the project is going out to bid on May 19 and that construction is expected to begin soon afterward. According to the DOT, the work will involve milling the existing travel lanes and shoulders, repairing defective pavement and cleaning and repairing joints and cracks. A two inch asphalt overlay will be put down, followed by the restoration of pavement markings and road shoulders. Some of the work is expected to be done during nighttime hours.

In March 2014, officials from North Salem, Somers, Bedford, Lewisboro and Southeast were joined by county, state and federal elected officials calling for infrastructure improvements on the I-684 corridor, a major thoroughfare for commerce through the area. The consortium meeting was held in Somers, requiring DOT officials to travel the routes affected, something Lucas says caused them to fast track the facelift.

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“They came into the meeting and said, 'before we start, I'm downgrading the quality of this road to a four' saying 'this is now the worst road in Westchester County,’” he said.

Lucas says many local roadways have seen excessive wear and tear due to frequent traffic backups on I-684.

“We have a lot of cars traveling on Routes116 and 121 as we have on Hardscrabble and Bloomer Road,” Lucas said. “Everyday cars get off at exit 21 because I-684 backs up all the way up to the Putnam line to Route 22.”

He estimates between 6,000 and 7,000 cars in the morning and evening rush hour travel onto Routes 116 and 121 as an alternate.

Lucas is predicting that the roadwork will be of minimal disruption to motorists.

“They work pretty quickly,” he said. “There may be a couple of days of re-routing along local roads while it is shaking down, but I don't think it's going to be anything major. Those most affected will probably be coming south from Putnam or Connecticut.”

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