By DANIEL OFFNER
The saga surrounding the Parkway Road Bridge on the Bronxville-Yonkers border continues as village officials now say they plan to file a notice of claim with both the City of Yonkers and Town of Eastchester Town over responsibility to repair the more than 60-year-old structure.
Following a routine inspection in May, the state Department of Transportation issued an order to close the bridge after necessary repairs were not made within a six-week period.
Still closed to any through traffic, the bridge adjacent to the Sprain Brook and Bronx River parkways entrance has drummed up controversy between Bronxville, Eastchester and Yonkers officials over which municipality is responsible for the repairs.
According to Bronxville Mayor Mary Marvin, a Republican, she has not heard back from Eastchester officials concerning their stake in the project and the village is now in the process of preparing notices to the town and adjoining Yonkers.
“Hopefully, the legal papers will begin the discussion on who should take leadership,” Marvin said.
Based on a 1909 state law, a village is only responsible for bridges within its borders if the bridge was built before that year. Bronxville officials stated that, because the Parkway Road Bridge was constructed in 1952 by the state, it should be the financial responsibility of the town in which the bridge resides.
For Bronxville to take responsibility for maintaining the bridge, it would require a proper resolution having been adopted at some point in the village’s history. After finding no resolution within village records, members of the Bronxville Board of Trustees issued a Freedom of Information Law request to state DOT, which revealed no resolution document exists within DOT records either.
Eastchester Town Supervisor Anthony Colavita, a Republican, told The Town Report in a previous interview that officials with the state DOT said Bronxville is responsible for the bridge repairs. He added it could potentially fall under the county’s jurisdiction as well, since the bridge spans the county-owned Bronx River.
With no documents proving which of the three municipalities is responsible for the bridge, Bronxville officials are now looking to sue both Yonkers and Eastchester for their individual stakes in repairing the bridge.
According to Jason Baker, Yonkers deputy director of communications, the city’s attorney is currently reviewing the claim, but wouldn’t provide further comment on the pending litigation.
Although Yonkers has already received the notice of claim, Eastchester Town Councilman Luigi Marcoccia, a Republican, said he was not aware of any notice of claim made by the village, refusing to provide any additional comment until he better understood the terms of the suit.
For now, the bridge will remain in its current state as litigation unfolds, which will ultimately determine who is responsible fo r the repairs needed to get the bridge up and running.
A phone call to Supervisor Colavita was not returned as of press time.
-With reporting by GERARD NOLAN