YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Eight years after being damaged during Superstorm Sandy, a portion of the North County Trailway near Birdsall Road in Yorktown has been repaired.
Construction was completed as part of a capital project to repair and resurface the 22.1-mile long trailway, which stretches from Mount Pleasant to Putnam County along the defunct “Old Put” railroad line.
The $800,000 repair will be reimbursed by FEMA, according to a press release issued by Westchester County. The county’s Department of Public Works designed and planned the repairs.
A portion of the trail collapsed because the embankment failed, the county said. Initial inspection revealed that the existing drainpipes beneath the surface of the trail bed were broken in an area near the center of the embankment. Trees along the embankment were uprooted and fell during the storm, causing erosion, which led to the failure of the embankment and clogging and breakage of the drainpipes.
During construction, infrastructure repairs were made and the slope next to the trail was stabilized. The trail has been resurfaced, new fencing and railings are in place, and landscape plantings have been installed to screen and further stabilize the slope.