Route 121 in North Salem to close Monday, August 1
After some delays, major work on Route 121 in North Salem is set to begin Monday, August 1. The road will be closed in both directions for a period of approximately three weeks.
Route 121 is a busy corridor for drivers traveling within North Salem as well as between New York and Connecticut. Its closure will have a significant impact on local residents, especially those who live or travel along the detour route, which includes Starr Ridge Road, Bloomer Road and U.S. 202.
The closure is necessary for New York State Department of Transportation crews to replace a cement culvert under Route 121 around the southern portion of Peach Lake, near Cottage Lane.
The August 1 start date for the full road closure was confirmed in an email sent Wednesday night from lead project engineer Fernando Batista to North Salem Town Supervisor Warren Lucas.
"Intermittently lanes will be open and closed as can be allowed when they are not blocked by the contractor's work effort," Lucas wrote in a post on the NorthSalemNYinfo Facebook group.
Following the initial 3-week full closure, one lane of the road will be open for about three months until the work is finished.
Work on the roadway had originally been scheduled to start early July, but was delayed because local utility companies NYSE&G, Verizon and Cablevision needed to place a new pole and move their wires over to it.
Read the North Salem Post's previous coverage of this project: