Bronx-Whitestone Bridge Nighttime Lane Closures

The Bronx-Whitestone Bridge will have two Queensbound lanes and one lane to the Bronx closed during overnight hours two nights next week while the Queens Approach is being restored back to a six-lane configuration as the $109 million reconstruction and rehabilitation project reaches its next milestone.

The lane closures, which will leave one lane open in either direction, will take place 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Mon., Dec. 15 into Tues., Dec. 16 and the same hours Tues., Dec. 16 into Wed., Dec. 17. All work is dependent on good weather. Motorists are urged to use the Throgs Neck Bridge as an alternate route.

Once this new traffic pattern is in place there will once again be three lanes available in each direction on the Queens Approach roadway by temporarily using the safety lane. This is the final lane shift that will take place.  Reconstruction of the new bridge deck is nearly complete although there is more work to be done below the roadway and on the roadway lanes leading to the bridge. These will be completed with minimal impact to traffic

Work will continue in the center roadway and southern end of the approach roadway for approximately eight weeks. During this time, Queensbound drivers exiting onto 14th Avenue must travel in the right lane in order to access the exit ramp.

The project was jointly awarded to E.E. Cruz and Tully Construction Co., in July 2011 and is expected to be completed in early 2015. After new support foundations were constructed beneath the bridge, the entire 1,010-foot-long approach roadway leading to the bridge was demolished and reconstructed to include safety shoulders and wider, 12-foot lanes.

The southbound 14th Avenue exit ramp has yet to be completed and remains part of the ongoing work.

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