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Press Release
June 3, 2010
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Verrazano Peregrine Falcon Couple Adopts 2:^MTA Bridges Home to 11 New Chicks

Call it a tale of urban survival.

Two peregrine falcon chicks found in an unsuitable nesting place in Queens were relocated to the top of the Verrazano–Narrows Bridge's Brooklyn tower where they were welcomed into the nest by a mother falcon already caring for three new chicks of her own.

"The mother took in the adopted chicks without question and has been feeding them and watching over them as if they were always part of her brood," said Verrazano–Narrows General Manager Daniel DeCrescenzo. "It's truly nature at its best."

Press Release
May 28, 2010
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New Traffic Pattern at Brooklyn-bound Verrazano Toll Plaza Begins Wed., June 2nd – Removal of Last Two Unused Toll Booths Will Complete This Phase of Construction Work

A new traffic pattern will go into effect at the Verrazano–Narrows eastbound roadway (to Brooklyn) toll plaza effective Wed., June 2nd to allow for the removal of the last two toll booths, which will conclude the first phase of the larger Verrazano–Narrows Toll Plaza Improvement project.

"We're extremely pleased with the progress and quality of the work to date," said Verrazano–Narrows Facility Engineer David Riggs. "The construction plan that is in place is working and traffic has continued to move well since work began in April."

Press Release
May 26, 2010
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MTA Bridges and Tunnels Suspends Construction Work As Memorial Weekend Getaway Begins

Memorial Day weekend, which kicks off the summer travel season, is traditionally among the busiest travel days of the year at MTA Bridges and Tunnels, and to make travel easier for those who will hit the road all routine maintenance work will be suspended beginning Noon on Friday, May 28th until after the morning rush on Tuesday, June 1st.

Press Release
May 26, 2010
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Major Deck Reconstruction Complete As Cross Bay Bridge Marks 40 Years of Service

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An upgraded new roadway, reconstructed ramps and a smoothly surfaced pedestrian path are ready right on schedule at the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge, just in time for the busy summer season and, by coincidence, the bridge's 40th birthday.

The bridge's deck and ramps were due for an overhaul, having weathered four decades of use by some 7.5 million vehicles each year in the harsh salt–water environment of the Rockaways. The three–year $57 million project kicked off in July 2007, with El Sol of Maspeth, Queens serving as contractor.

Press Release
May 25, 2010
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ROBERT F. KENNEDY BRIDGE HARLEM RIVER LIFT SPAN BRIDGE LIFTS

The Robert F. Kennedy Bridge’s Harlem River Lift Span will be closed to vehicular traffic for intermittent periods between 12:01 AM to 5 AM on Friday, May 28th to accommodate maintenance work on the lift span. 

These closures will affect all traffic going into and out of Manhattan over the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge.  Motorists should use an alternate route or expect delays during these periods. These closures are weather–dependent.

Press Release
May 21, 2010
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Throgs Neck Bridge, Southbound Weeknight Lane and CIP Ramp Closures: Mon., 5/24 through Thurs., 5/27: 10 PM to 5 AM (Revised)

Two out of three southbound (to Queens) lanes on the Throgs Neck Bridge will be closed to traffic from 10 PM until 5 AM starting Monday night, 5/24 through Thursday morning, 5/27. The Cross Island Parkway (CIP) ramp southbound (to Queens) will also be closed during these periods. 

Press Release
May 20, 2010
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Throgs Neck Bridge, Both Directions Weeknight Lane and CIP Ramp Closures: Mon., 5/24 through Thurs., 5/27: 10 PM to 5 AM

Two out of three southbound (to Queens) lanes on the Throgs Neck Bridge will be closed to traffic from 10 PM until 5 AM starting Monday night, 5/24 through Thursday morning, 5/27. The Cross Island Parkway (CIP) ramp southbound (to Queens) will also be closed during these periods. 

Press Release
May 19, 2010
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Brooklyn–Battery Tunnel Milestone: Vital NYC Link for 60 Years

The Brooklyn–Battery Tunnel, a vital link between Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn for some 44,000 vehicles daily, has reached a milestone birthday, turning 60 years old     on May 25th.

Designed by renowned engineer Ole Singstad, the Brooklyn–Battery Tunnel is the longest continuous underwater vehicular tunnel in North America, measuring 1.7 miles long between portals.  The tunnels' two tubes running under the East River connect Lower Manhattan to the Red Hook section of Brooklyn.

Press Release
May 19, 2010
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New Traffic Pattern For Removal of Next Set of Unused Brooklyn–bound Verrazano–Narrows Toll Booths To Begin Sat., May 22nd

A new traffic pattern will go into effect on Saturday, May 22nd to accommodate construction work to remove the next set of unused toll booths at the Brooklyn–bound Verrazano–Narrows toll plaza. Four booths have been removed since work began in April.

Press Release
May 6, 2010
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Next Stage in Brooklyn–bound Verrazano–Narrows Toll Booth Removal Begins Sat., May 8th

Beginning Saturday, May 8th a new traffic pattern will take place at the Brooklyn–bound Verrazano–Narrows toll plaza to allow for the removal of the next two unused toll booths.

 The Brooklyn–bound Father Capodanno ramp will be closed overnight Friday into Saturday while a new construction zone is set up. Motorists are advised to use the Lily Pond Brooklyn–bound ramp instead.

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