Murray Avenue Stairs Construction Postponed For Start Of School

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The Murray Avenue School stairs were not completed before the start of school, but will not delay the opening Wednesday, Sept. 3.
The Murray Avenue School stairs were not completed before the start of school, but will not delay the opening Wednesday, Sept. 3. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly
Construction workers fence off the construction site to open the sidewalk to pedestrian access for the start of school.
Construction workers fence off the construction site to open the sidewalk to pedestrian access for the start of school. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly
Construction workers fence off the construction site to open the sidewalk to pedestrian access for the start of school.
Construction workers fence off the construction site to open the sidewalk to pedestrian access for the start of school. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly
Dr. Robert Shaps (right) talks about the Murray Avenue School stairs project.
Dr. Robert Shaps (right) talks about the Murray Avenue School stairs project. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly
Residents with and without kids in the school district went on a tour of Murray Avenue Wednesday for an update on the stairs project.
Residents with and without kids in the school district went on a tour of Murray Avenue Wednesday for an update on the stairs project. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly
A narrow path on the Murray Avenue side of the school will remain open for egress purposes.
A narrow path on the Murray Avenue side of the school will remain open for egress purposes. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly
The sidewalk along Murray Avenue will remain open for pedestrians.
The sidewalk along Murray Avenue will remain open for pedestrians. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly
Faculty, school board members and residents toured Murray Avenue Wednesday.
Faculty, school board members and residents toured Murray Avenue Wednesday. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly

MAMARONECK, N.Y. – To prevent traffic flow and pedestrian safety issues, the work on the Murray Avenue School stairs will stop indefinitely when school opens Wednesday, Sept. 3.

This means Murray Avenue will be clear and walkable for youngsters on their first day back to school. The work site had blocked the sidewalk along Murray Avenue in front of the school up until Monday. Tuesday, it was pushed back and confined to the fenced area, where the steps have been demolished.

The stairs were supposed to be replaced by the start of school, but the construction company hired by the Mamaroneck School District did not meet its obligations, said Meryl Rubenstein, assistant superintendent of business operations for the district.

She gave faculty, school board members and residents an update on the work Wednesday evening. 

The district then decided to terminate the contract and hire another company.

“We found ourselves in a situation where we knew the stairs could never be completed by the start of school,” she said. “So, we came up with an emergency plan to address egress issues, keeping the stairs sectioned off, but having a safe path for students to leave in the event that there is some sort of fire emergency, as well as some dismissal.”

There are three doors on the Murray Avenue side of the school near the stairs that remain open, with a narrow path between the building and stairs leading to the main entrance. The path is fenced off from the construction area all along the path that leads back to the main entrance.

“The largest impact that we will have is that there will not be access from Murray Avenue into the playground,” Rubenstein said.

The stairs project also includes window work, all of which was originally part of a 2012 construction bond. It was removed from that bond and paid for through a transfer to capital, Rubenstein said.

“Our biggest concern was safety of students and staff and getting school open on time with the least impact to the instructional day,” she said. “And I believe that we have met that goal.”

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Take the lowest bid?

Get what you pay for. The worst company with the worst standards, and the lowest paid workers.

Genius decision making by the Mamaroneck School District.

There was nothing wrong with the stairs, to begin with. And that's the reason this construction crew is having a terrible time trying to dig out and demolish steps built with standards and material of the 1930's, that long ago disappeared in this county.
I almost felt sorry watching them work all summer on that staircase. They had absolutely no idea what they were doing.

Looking forward to how long this post will stay up before the "editor" pulls it down.