: Full Funding Approved For Grade Separation & New Bridge on 25th Ave.
Full Funding Approved For Grade Separation & New Bridge on 25th Ave.
July 10, 2012
As Bellwood mayor and as chairman of the agency that worked long and hard to make the project a reality, I couldn’t be more proud and happy for our residents and business owners. The new bridge at 25th Avenue has always been at the center of our long-standing economic development plans to make Bellwood an even more attractive place to live, work and play.
The bridge will provide a number of benefits and make Bellwood more attractive for existing and prospective businesses. Among other positives, the bridge will:
• make it easier and faster to travel along 25th Avenue
• reduce traffic accidents and improve pedestrian access and safety
• create jobs
• eliminate 185,000 vehicle hours of annual delay from 153 daily train crossings
• generate fuel cost savings from avoided wait time
• reduce impact on vehicles because of an improved travel surface
• improve passenger and freight rail traffic
• reduce the amount of noise at the location and reduce vehicle exhaust emissions
• reduce arrival times for first responders and speed up the time it takes for emergency medical technicians to transport patients to care centers
As mayor, I will continue to keep residents informed about the progress of this critical project, which we have focused on for years and always believed in. A project of this scope has many phases. Groundbreaking is scheduled to begin in late 2013. According to the schedule, construction will take approximately a year and a half after groundbreaking.
Mayor Frank A. Pasquale