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Press Release
March 1, 2010
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Dramatic Drop in Accidents on Throgs Neck Bridge CIP Northbound Ramp; Dedicated Single Lane Improves Traffic Flow

The one–lane Cross Island Parkway (CIP) on–ramp to the Throgs Neck Bridge is officially a safety success story: traffic accidents at the ramp are down 83% since January when the Bronx–bound ramp was re–striped and delineated to one–lane operation. 

Initially, the single–lane configuration was a temporary lane reduction to allow for deck reconstruction work and repairs from a July 2009 fire; but the arrangement ended up revealing by contrast just how accident–prone the original two–lane merge on the ramp had been.  

Press Release
January 26, 2010
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Verrazano-Narrows Toll Plaza Improvement

MTA Bridges and Tunnels announced today that Paul J. Scariano, Inc. of Brooklyn was chosen as the contractor for the first phase of a major toll plaza improvement project at the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge that includes demolition of 8 unused Brooklyn-bound toll booths. The $2.5 million project also involves removing various components such as concrete islands, utilities, canopy structures, electronic signs as well as other electrical, concrete and asphalt restoration work.

Press Release
December 30, 2009
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Message from MTA Bridges and Tunnels: Have a Safe and Happy New Year!

MTA Bridges and Tunnels reminds its customers never to operate a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, to ensure a safe New Year’s holiday—and every day. If mass transit is not an option, please use common sense and arrange for a designated driver.

Press Release
December 17, 2009
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MTA Bridges and Tunnels Personnel Ready to Battle Winter Weather

With winter weather fast approaching, MTA Bridges and Tunnels is primed and ready to hit the roadways with snow and ice–fighting supplies that include 8,000 tons of deicer and a fleet of 97 trucks.

Press Release
December 2, 2009
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Weather Sensors Help MTA Bridges and Tunnels Keep Customers Safe

When Mother Nature kicks up her heels with high winds as she did recently over the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend, MTA Bridges and Tunnels uses a system of technologically–advanced weather sensors to help keep motorists safe.

Press Release
November 20, 2009
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Bridge Employees Rescue Kids After Schoolbus Catches Fire at Verrazano-Narrows Bridge Toll Plaza

A class outing for a busload of 4–and–5–year old children from a Brooklyn elementary school was interrupted Friday morning when the bus caught fire near the Staten Island–bound toll plaza at the Verrazano–Narrows Bridge. MTA Bridge and Tunnel Officers and staff acted quickly and heroically, dousing the flames and evacuating the children as smoke poured inside the bus.

Press Release
November 2, 2009
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Queens Midtown Tunnel Manhattan-bound Tube Closed For Roadway Work Beginning 1 AM, Sun., Nov. 8th Through 5:30 AM Mon., Nov. 9th

Two–Way Traffic Will Run in Remaining Tube

Necessary repair work in the Queens Midtown Tunnel will result in the closure of both lanes of the Manhattan–bound tube of the tunnel from 1 AM on Sunday, Nov. 8th through 5:30 AM on Monday, Nov. 9th. Two–way traffic will be in effect in the remaining tube for cars only during this period.  Motorists should expect delays. Trucks are asked to use either the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge or Brooklyn–Battery Tunnel.

Press Release
October 29, 2009
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Verrazano-Narrows Bridge LED Necklace Lights Add "Green" Sparkle to New York Harbor Entrance

MTA Bridges and Tunnels has replaced all 262 old mercury vapor fixtures on its necklace lighting with energy–saving, cost efficient light–emitting diode (LED) fixtures at the Verrazano–Narrows Bridge, gateway to the New York City harbor.  The move will reduce the electrical power required for the necklace lighting by 73%.  (See photo.)

Press Release
October 13, 2009
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MTA Bridges and Tunnels Honors Officers For Life-Saving Actions

MTA Bridges and Tunnels President Susan Kupferman awarded the agency's highest awards, Medal of Honor and President's Medal, to five Bridges and Tunnels Officers at an Oct. 8th ceremony at the Robert Moses Building on Randall's Island. The awards are presented to Bridge and Tunnel Officers (BTOs), Sergeants and Lieutenants for extraordinary valor in the line of duty.

Press Release
August 25, 2009
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MTA Bridges and Tunnels Statement on Throgs Neck Bridge Accident

There was a fatal contractor accident involving a contractor's employee and vehicle on the Throgs Neck Bridge this morning. No further information on the deceased is available. The accident is under investigation.

Northbound access to the bridge from the Clearview Expressway and Cross Island Parkway ramp was restored shortly after 12 Noon.

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