Merritt Parkway’s character “endangered?”
The National Trust for Historic Preservation has raised the alarm about the Merritt Parkway, the 37.5 winding miles of scenery and ornamented overpasses that the Hutchinson River Parkway becomes when it crosses from Westchester into Connecticut.
The road is on the National Register of Historic Places partly because of the overpasses, each one unique, designed in Art Deco, Gothic, French Renaissance and Art Moderne styles.
Now the National Trust for Historic Preservation places has placed it on the list of the 11 most endangered historic places because of what it calls neglect by the Connecticut Department of Transportation.
“Even today, 70 years after it was constructed, Connecticut’s Merritt Parkway is still one of America’s prettiest stretches of road,” the trust said in a release.
The road has significance for Westchester beyond car traffic. The East Coast Greenway Alliance, the group creating a bicycling-and-walking path from Maine to Key West, Fla., hope to create a path in the grassy border of the road. They would need that if they want to run the trail into Westchester along the Hutch, then continue along Westchester Avenue — the service road to Interstate 287 — through White Plains to the Bronx River Parkway trail.