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Press Release
July 10, 2009
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MTA Bridges and Tunnels Statement on Fire at the Throgs Neck Bridge

The Throgs Neck Bridge continues to be closed in both directions due to a fire on scaffolding under the bridge where contractors were working this morning. No reports of injuries.  The Fire Department is on the scene along with engineers. There is currently no estimate of when the bridge might reopen. That will be a decision made by the Fire Department and engineers on the scene. Traffic is being diverted to the Bronx Whitestone and RFK Bridges.

Press Release
July 10, 2009
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Update On Throgs Neck Bridge Fire

MTA Bridges and Tunnels Engineering, Operations and Health & Safety personnel are working with the New York City Fire Department to assess conditions at the Throgs Neck Bridge following an early morning fire, which has closed the bridge in both directions.  There were no injuries reported.

Press Release
July 1, 2009
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New Tolls Start: Sunday, July 12, 2009 at 3 AM

Tolls will change for all categories of vehicles crossing MTA Bridges and Tunnels' nine facilities that link New York City's five boroughs, effective Sunday, July 12th at 3 AM.

Press Release
June 22, 2009
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Cross Island Parkway Ramp Five-week Closure for Throgs Neck Bridge Construction

MTA Bridges and Tunnels is alerting motorists that the Cross Island Parkway ramp leading Bronx–bound motorists onto the Throgs Neck Bridge from Queens and Long Island will close for approximately five weeks starting Thursday, July 16, 2009.   The closure is necessary to accommodate major ongoing rehabilitation work on the 48–year–old bridge's Queens approach.

Press Release
June 9, 2009
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New Trailblazers Signs Installed Near MTA Bridges and Tunnels Facilities

Motorists who use MTA Bridges and Tunnels seven bridges and two tunnels should begin seeing brand new trailblazer signs along major roadways and entrances at each facility. 

"We are in the process of replacing 800 of these signature signs, some of which are decades–old, worn and extremely faded, with sharp, modern–looking signs," said Patrick Sbano, Manager of Bridges and Tunnels' Traffic, Safety and Engineering division, noting that most of the trailblazers are within three miles of the crossings.

Press Release
May 28, 2009
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Five Peregrine Falcon Chicks Hatch At Three MTA B & T Bridges

Three pairs of peregrine falcons are spreading their wings with joy after five new chicks hatched high atop the towers of the Verrazano–Narrows, Throgs Neck and Marine Parkway–Gil Hodges Memorial Bridges this season.  Three new chicks were born at the Verrazano, one at the Throgs Neck and one at Marine Parkway–Gil Hodges Memorial.

Although no longer on the federal list of endangered species, peregrine falcons are still on the state endangered species list.

Press Release
May 15, 2009
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Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge Ramps Re-open on May 22nd

Newly constructed ramps to and from the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge in Rockaway will reopen to motorists on May 22nd, just in time for Memorial Day weekend and the kick–off of beach season. 

"We promised to try and complete the ramp reconstruction work before this important weekend," said Adrian Moshe, Facility Engineer for both the Cross Bay and Marine Parkway–Gil Hodges Memorial bridges.  "We are pleased to turn over these like–new ramps to our customers."

Press Release
May 12, 2009
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Pothole Fix Is Fast Maneuver at MTA Bridges and Tunnels

It's pothole season again and MTA Bridges and Tunnels' maintenance crews are on alert and ready to pave them away as quickly and efficiently as possible at the agency's nine crossings. 

So far this year maintenance crews have made more than 2000 pothole repairs using 6,000 gallons of liquid asphalt emulsion, 163 tons of stone aggregate, 26 tons of hot asphalt and 13 tons of cold patch mix.  

Press Release
April 28, 2009
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Bronx-Whitestone Bridge Marks 70 Years As Critical NYC Crossing

"The finest suspension bridge of them all," proclaimed Robert Moses during  opening day ceremonies for the Bronx–Whitestone Bridge on April 29, 1939.  Seven decades later the bridge still cuts a graceful figure across the East River as it links the Bronx to Queens and Long Island beyond.

Press Release
April 16, 2009
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Verrazano-Narrows Employees Corral Injured Goose

Two MTA Bridges and Tunnels employees were led on a brief, but wild goose chase Thursday morning after getting reports from motorists about an injured Canadian goose in the roadway at the Verrazano–Narrows Bridge.

Officer Gus Sasso and Level I Maintainer Jim Ferguson heard a call come over the radio around 11 a.m. Thursday about an injured duck or goose on the lower level of the Staten Island–bound roadway. Ferguson, who was in a wrecker truck on the Staten Island side of the bridge, and Sasso, on patrol nearby, immediately responded.

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