If your commute involves a trip on the Saw Mill River Parkway, bridge construction was announced today that could affect your drive to work through the end of 2017.

As part of Governor Cuomo's Empire Bridge program, two new bridges will be built to carry the Parkway over Kisco River and Branch Brook. The $17 million project will be conducted in two phases beginning in April.

The goal is to improve travel conditions during extreme weather. The new bridges will be wider and five feet higher than the existing bridge. The new project will also include new guard rails and a concrete median.

The first phase beginning next month is expected to cause temporary detour in the north and south lanes through July. The second phase will shift traffic onto the newly constructed roadway in the northbound lanes. There will be some night time work, detours will send cars on Routes 117 and 133.