Con Edison Project Forces Road Closures In Mamaroneck

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Drivers cannot make the left from Waverly onto Plaza Avenue in the village of Mamaroneck while Con Edison installs new gas mains in the area.
Drivers cannot make the left from Waverly onto Plaza Avenue in the village of Mamaroneck while Con Edison installs new gas mains in the area. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly
Con Edison has been installing the gas mains for the last two weeks on Grand Street and will soon move onto Washington Street.
Con Edison has been installing the gas mains for the last two weeks on Grand Street and will soon move onto Washington Street. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly
Plaza Avenue was closed until 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 20.
Plaza Avenue was closed until 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 20. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly
Michael Puccio lives on Grand Street and said traffic being diverted has caused long delays.
Michael Puccio lives on Grand Street and said traffic being diverted has caused long delays. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly
Con Edison contracted a company to excavate the streets so it can install new higher-pressure gas mains.
Con Edison contracted a company to excavate the streets so it can install new higher-pressure gas mains. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly
Contractors excavate Washington Street on Tuesday, May 20.
Contractors excavate Washington Street on Tuesday, May 20. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly
Washington Street was closed to traffic for a short time Tuesday, May 20.
Washington Street was closed to traffic for a short time Tuesday, May 20. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly
This 4-inch diameter plastic pipe will be inserted into the existing gas mains in the Washingtonville neighborhood.
This 4-inch diameter plastic pipe will be inserted into the existing gas mains in the Washingtonville neighborhood. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly
Plaza Avenue is closed to westbound traffic this week.
Plaza Avenue is closed to westbound traffic this week. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly

MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- Plaza Avenue is closed to traffic from Waverly Avenue toward Grand Street during the day as Con Edison installs higher-pressure gas mains in the village of Mamaroneck.

The one-way-heavy Washingtonville neighborhood is getting the new gas mains to help ease flooding.

Con Edison finished work on Grand Street on Tuesday, May 20, as its contractor, Persico Construction, dug up Washington Street. Con Edison will move onto Washington Street when it completes Grand. Since both are one-way streets, the only egress for westbound traffic on Plaza Avenue is Washington Street.

As a result, the village closed Plaza Avenue, a two-way street, to westbound traffic this week. It was closed until 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Con Edison didn’t immediately say whether the project will require Plaza Avenue to remain closed in the coming days.

The current gas mains that run under the streets and connect to individual houses are 6 inches in diameter. Once the contractor digs up the ground, Con Edison inserts a plastic pipe that is 4 inches in diameter, which will increase the pressure, one worker said.

The project began about two weeks ago and is moving down the Washingtonville neighborhood.

Michael Puccio, of Grand Street, said he got a letter that said it is a six-week project. While the project has caused traffic snarls for residents, he said Con Edison and its contractor are doing a great job.

“Yesterday was the worst day,” he said, referring to Monday, May 19. “They had Plaza (Avenue) and Old White Plains Road blocked off.”

Other residents said they were frustrated by the traffic.

“Going to the gym is hard enough, let alone sitting in traffic for 30 minutes so early in the morning,” said Art Frick, who lives in the neighborhood.

Frick said the project has taken away a lot of parking on his street, leading neighbors to use the open field of grass next to his apartment. 

Check back with Daily Voice for more information from Con Edison on its project. 

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