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New Underground Gas Lines Installed as Midland Avenue Opens Both Ways PDF Print Email


By Carol P. Bartold     

Mar. 1, 2017:  Midland Avenue, closed to traffic between Pondfield and Masterton Roads since late January, reopened on Tuesday, February 28.

The southbound lane was opened on Friday, February 24, following Consolidated Edison work to replace gas lines. The northbound lane remained an active construction zone where gas line replacement continued.

The disruption occurred when drilling work for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Midland Valley Drainage Project disturbed a depression in the pavement near the corner of Midland Avenue and Library Lane and caused enough of a shift in the soil to open a sinkhole.

Consolidated Edison monitored conditions at the opening and performed subsequent excavation, which revealed old cast-iron gas lines of questionable integrity. Village officials authorized Consolidated Edison to perform the necessary work to install new steel gas lines. 


Mayor Mary Marvin noted that village officials and Consolidated Edison seized the opportunity to complete a badly needed repair. Closure of Midland Avenue allowed the village to authorize work to proceed on holidays and weekends.

Jim Palmer, village administrator, reported that two gas lines have been replaced, a 12-inch medium-pressure line and a low-pressure line. "It made sense to do the replacement at this time, since some of the roadway was already being excavated in conjunction with the flood project," he stated.

Palmer added that Consolidated Edison was expected to complete its work on Tuesday afternoon.

"I have decided that good comes out of everything," said Mayor Mary Marvin. "We will have a state-of-the-art gas system in a critical area of the village as a result of the flood control project construction problem."

Pictured here:  The corner of Midland Avenue and Pondfield Road, where Con Edison worked on underground gas lines.

Photos by A. Warner



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Bronxville is a quaint village (one square mile) located just 16 miles north of midtown Manhattan (roughly 30 minutes on the train) and has a population of approximately 6,500. It is known as a premier community with an excellent public school (K-12) and easy access to Manhattan. Bronxville offers many amenities including an attractive business district, a hospital (Lawrence Hospital), public paddle and tennis courts, fine dining at local restaurants, two private country clubs and a community library.

While the earliest settlers of Bronxville date back to the first half of the 18th century, the history of the modern suburb of Bronxville began in 1890 when William Van Duzer Lawrence purchased a farm and commissioned the architect, William A. Bates, to design a planned community of houses for well-known artists and professionals that became a thriving art colony. This community, now called Lawrence Park, is listed on the National register of Historic Places and many of the homes still have artists’ studios. A neighborhood association within Lawrence Park called “The Hilltop Association” keeps this heritage alive with art shows and other events for neighbors.

Bronxville offers many charming neighborhoods as well as a variety of living options for residents including single family homes, town houses, cooperatives and condominiums. One of the chief benefits of living in “the village” is that your children can attend the Bronxville School.

The Bronxville postal zone (10708, known as “Bronxville PO”) includes the village of Bronxville as well as the Chester Heights section of Eastchester, parts of Tuckahoe and the Lawrence Park West, Cedar Knolls, Armour Villa and Longvale sections of Yonkers. Many of these areas have their own distinct character. For instance, the Armour Villa section has many historic homes and even has its own newsletter called “The Villa Voice” which reports on neighborhood news.

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