The New York State Department of Transportation in the US has initiated a multi-faceted project that involves the rehabilitation of bridges in Westchester County.

The $115m project was announced by the Governor of New York state Andrew Cuomo.

Work will include the replacement of two bridges and a large culvert at East Lincoln Avenue over the Hutchinson River Parkway and Hutchinson River between Pelham and Mount Vernon.

Two additional bridges on the Saw Mill River Parkway over Saw Mill River in Pleasantville will also be replaced, while a bridge on US Route 1 over Mamaroneck River will be upgraded.

In addition, the project includes associated road works such as the reconstruction of bridge approaches and nearby highway intersections, sidewalk improvement works, modernisation of traffic signals and installation of new barriers, among others.

Governor Cuomo said: “This project will ease travel and enhance safety in one of the Hudson’s Valley’s busiest corridors, while addressing the chronic flooding that has tormented drivers in the area for decades.

“We are committed to building a transportation network that meets the demands of the 21st century, facilitating economic growth and improving quality of life, and these projects will significantly advance our efforts.”

Pre-construction work such as field preparation, surveying and utility work are scheduled to commence soon while major construction will begin later this year.

New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez said: “Replacing and updating these bridges in Westchester County will help reduce highway flooding and the congestion and inconvenience it causes, easing travel, ensuring reliability and improving the quality of life for decades to come.”