Decades-old project to uncover Saw Mill River breaks ground

Ground was broken yesterday on a decades-old project to shed some light on parts of the Saw Mill River in Yonkers that have been covered by a parking lot for years.

Yonkers officials are calling yesterday's groundbreaking at Larkin Plaza one of the most significant public works projects in the city's history, one that comes with a $17 million price tag.

In the 1920's city leaders grew tired of the river, and built a subterranean flume to cover it up, which was eventually then covered by a parking lot that was built over it.

Officials say that by "daylighting" the river, they will eventually be able to create a new public park in the center of downtown for all to enjoy.

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