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Press Release
January 4, 2011
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Looking Good! Throgs Neck Bridge Turns The Big 5-0 on Jan. 11th

The Throgs Neck Bridge, built as a key link in the interstate highway system, is turning 50 years old on Jan. 11th. The graceful suspension bridge, which connects the Bronx to Queens and Long Island, was the first major bridge of the postwar era.

"We're proud to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Throgs Neck, which plays an integral role daily in keeping traffic moving through this vital transportation corridor linking New York City with Long Island and New York's northern counties" said MTA Bridges and Tunnels President Jim Ferrara. 

Press Release
December 20, 2010
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E-ZPass Is The Way To Go When Tolls Increase at MTA Bridges and Tunnels At 2 AM Thurs., Dec. 30th

Tolls on MTA's seven bridges and two tunnels will go up at 2 AM on Thurs., Dec. 30th , increasing to $6.50 at most crossings for cash customers and increasing 23–cents to $4.80 at most crossings for E–ZPass customers.

The difference between the cash and E–ZPass tolls encourages the use of E–ZPass, which is good for customers, is good for the environment and helps keep traffic moving. Approximately 75 percent of all customers currently use E–ZPass at MTA crossings.

Press Release
December 15, 2010
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MTA Bridges and Tunnels Gears Up For Winter

With winter looming, MTA Bridges and Tunnels employees are working hard to make sure all snow and ice-fighting equipment is ready to go, including storing 8,000 tons of deicer and preparing its fleet of 102 trucks.

Snow plows are being fitted onto regular maintenance trucks and salt domes are being filled with tons of deicer. Last winter MTA Operations and Maintenance personnel battled 10 storms, including five in the month of February alone.

Press Release
November 10, 2010
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Queens Midtown Tunnel Turns 70 Years Old November 15th

It took 20 years of lobbying and planning and four years of hard work but on Nov. 15th, 1940, the Queens Midtown Tunnel, linking Manhattan and Long Island City, Queens, opened to the public. At the time it was the largest, non–federal public works project in the nation.

Press Release
November 9, 2010
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Queens Midtown Tunnel Queens–bound Tube Closed For Roadway Work 1 AM, Sat., Nov. 13th Through 5 AM Mon., Nov. 15th

The Queensbound (south) tube of the Queens Midtown Tunnel will be closed to traffic from 1 AM on Saturday, Nov. 13th through 5 AM on Monday, Nov. 15th for roadway repair and repaving work.

Two–way traffic will be in effect in the remaining tube for cars and NYCT buses only during this period. Commercial vehicles are urged to use either the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge or Brooklyn–Battery Tunnel.

Motorists should expect delays and use an alternate route if possible.

Press Release
November 5, 2010
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New Traffic Pattern At Bronx-Whitestone Will Result in Three Lanes Opened in Each Direction During Peak Driving Hours Beginning Mon., Nov. 8th Through Next February

There's good news ahead for Bronx–Whitestone travelers. A new traffic configuration being put in place over the weekend will result in all three bridge lanes being opened in both directions during peak driving hours beginning Monday, Nov. 8th. This new traffic pattern will remain in place throughout the holiday season and into early 2011.

Work on the four–year, nearly $200 million project to replace the original 71–year–old bridge roadway near the Bronx end continues on schedule and is currently approximately 65 percent complete.  

Press Release
November 3, 2010
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Verrazano Getting Ready For Worldwide Closeup As Nyc Marathon Sunday Nears

Anyone who's ever hosted a dinner party or special event knows the amount of planning and prep work needed to be a good host. Now imagine doing it for 45,000 people. That's what a team of managers and workers at the Verrazano–Narrows Bridge must do each year to get ready for Marathon Sunday.

"It's like our Super Bowl," said General Manager Daniel DeCrescenzo, who, along with a team of supervisors and managers, begins planning for the event months before the ING NYC Marathon takes place. Always held the first Sunday in November, this year's event is Nov. 7th.

Press Release
October 26, 2010
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One Tube Queens Midtown Tunnel Into Manhattan Closed For Necessary Work^1 AM Sat., Oct. 30th Through 5:30 AM Mon., Nov. 1st

The Queens Midtown Tunnel tube leading into Manhattan will be closed to traffic beginning 1 AM on Saturday, Oct. 30th through 5:30 AM on Mon., Nov. 1st to allow for necessary concrete and paving work.

Two-way traffic operation will be in effect in the remaining tube for cars and NYC buses only during this time. Commercial traffic must use an alternate route while two-way traffic operation is in effect. 

Press Release
October 18, 2010
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Canceled: Queens Midtown Tunnel Closure for Oct. 23rd to Oct. 25th

CANCELLATION NOTICE

Construction and repaving work that was scheduled for the Manhattan bound tube of the Queens Midtown Tunnel this weekend _ Sat. Oct. 23rd through Mon., Oct. 25th _ has been cancelled.

The work will be rescheduled at a later date.

Both the Manhattan and Queens tubes will be opened to all traffic this weekend.

Press Release
October 18, 2010
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Verrazano–Narrows Belt Parkway Ramps Closed Nightly 11 Pm– 4 am Mon., Nov. 8th Through Fri., Nov. 12th For Repaving

The Belt Parkway ramps leading to Staten Island and Brooklyn from the
Verrazano–Narrows Bridge will be closed nightly from 11 PM to 4 AM beginning Monday, Nov. 8th through Friday, Nov. 12th for necessary repaving work.

Both ramps will be opened to traffic during daytime hours. All work is weather–permitting. This work had originally been scheduled for Nov. 1–Nov.5th but was canceled due to weather.

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