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County Executive Aims To Put An End To Bridge Strikes In Westchester

June 15, 2018 - 8:58 am
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- There's a push on to keep trucks from hitting low bridges on Westchester County parkways.

It was deja vu all over again.

This week another truck hit a low bridge on the Hutchinson River Parkway in Mount Vernon.

Bridge strikes continue to occur weekly in Westchester, WCBS 880's Sean Adams reports. 

County Executive George Latimer is putting together a multi-point plan to eliminate this problem.

He will meet with the State Department of Transportation in a few weeks and propose requiring all truckers to use commercial GPS with low clearance warnings, better signage and barriers.

"We've looked at systems that will provide an intercept when you enter the parkway, something even with an overhead, physical structure or some other type of thing so that you are immediately alerted as a trucker when you get on the Hutchinson River Parkway or the Saw Mill River Parkway," Latimer said.

Assemblyman Tom Abinanti has another bill calling for height barriers. Last year, the governor vetoed similar legislation, saying the DOT was doing enough.

The state has installed infrared overheight detectors at a handful of locations.

Latimer said they do work but more needs to be done.