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Press Release
November 21, 2008
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Triborough Bridge Renamed Robert F. Kennedy Bridge

MTA Bridges and Tunnels marked the official re–christening on Wednesday of its Triborough Bridge, which is now the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge. The ceremony, attended by former President Bill Clinton, MTA leadership, New York State and City officials and Kennedy family members, took place on a cold sunny morning in Astoria Park in the shadow of the bridge's Queens suspended span. Legislation renaming the bridge was signed into law by Governor David Paterson on August 8, 2008.

Press Release
October 30, 2008
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Rockaways Cross Bay Bridge Pedestrian Walkway Re-opens

The new, improved walkway at the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge in the Rockaways has re–opened to the public after nearly a year of reconstruction.

Work on this popular pedestrian and cyclist crossing was completed as part of MTA Bridges and Tunnels' overall $56.9 million deck rehabilitation of the 38–year old bridge that will continue through spring 2010.

Press Release
October 29, 2008
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Man at the Helm: Verrazano-Narrows Bridge General Manager James Ferrara

There's no such thing as an ordinary work day for Jim Ferrara, General Manager of the Verrazano–Narrows Bridge, which links Staten Island to Brooklyn and the rest of New York City and is the MTA's most traveled crossing with 190,000 trips per day.

Press Release
October 14, 2008
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Vehicle Fleet Operations: Going Green at MTA Bridges and Tunnels

MTA Bridges and Tunnels' Fleet Operations has reduced the time, effort and cost of replacing vehicle parts through careful recycling, and decreased the agency's carbon foot print by 216,464 lbs. last year through use of alternative fuel. The savings are expected to be even greater this year, and by the end of 2009 the agency expects 80% of its vehicles to be on alternative fuel.

Press Release
October 7, 2008
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Lily Pond Avenue Overpass at Verrazano-Narrows Bridge Is Completed Early

The complete replacement of the roadway bridge over Lily Pond Avenue just west of the Verrazano–Narrows Bridge toll plaza was finished today, several months ahead of schedule.

"As always, we appreciate the patience of our customers during this major, necessary rehabilitation, which will ensure the roadway's long–term safe and efficient use for our 190,000 daily customers," said David Moretti, Acting President of MTA Bridges and Tunnels.

Press Release
October 1, 2008
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MTA Bridges and Tunnels Honors Heroic Bridge and Tunnel Officers

MTA officials joined MTA Bridges and Tunnels Acting President David Moretti in presenting the agency's highest employee award, the Medal of Honor, to four recipients at a ceremony on September 26th at Marina del Rey in the Bronx. These awards are presented to Bridge and Tunnel Officers (BTOs), Sergeants, and Lieutenants for extraordinary valor in the line of duty involving protection of life at the risk of one's own.

Press Release
September 29, 2008
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Brooklyn–Battery Tunnel General Manager Reneé; Shepherd 54,000 Daily Trips, All in a Day's Work

Rene&é; Shepherd is a busy woman during the course of even the most "normal" day in her role as General Manager of the Brooklyn–Battery Tunnel. She approaches her responsibilities at this major New York City crossing with the calm efficiency and good humor that has been her trademark since she joined the MTA as a weekend Temporary Bridge and Tunnel Officer in 1987.

Press Release
September 29, 2008
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Queens Midtown Tunnel Only One Lane Open in Each Direction for Roadway Work Weekend of Oct. 4–5

Necessary roadway work in the Queens Midtown Tunnel will require that only one lane instead of two will be open in each direction from 12:01 AM on Saturday, October 4th through Sunday, October 5th until 2 PM. One tunnel tube will be closed and all traffic will use the remaining tube (with two–way traffic) during this 36–hour period.

"There will be signs alerting motorists, and we will closely monitor the scene during the weekend to ensure minimal inconvenience to our customers," said Theresa Smith, Acting General Manager of the tunnel.

Press Release
September 11, 2008
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Zero Tolerance for Overweight Trucks at MTA Bridges and Tunnels' Crossings

MTA Bridges and Tunnels' truck weight enforcement effort has been averaging more than 150 summonses per month given to trucks not in compliance with the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) Bridge Formula and carrying overweight loads. The fines are up to $10,000 if they attempt to cross the agency's facilities.

"Our priority is the safety of our customers and preventing damage to the facilities," said Acting President David Moretti. "Overweight vehicles put extra stress on decks and surface pavements."

Press Release
September 11, 2008
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Triborough Bridge's Harlem River Lift Span Under Wraps for Major Paint Job

Motorists taking the Triborough Bridge's Manhattan span across the Harlem River or to the FDR Drive are currently greeted with a strange sight as the west tower comes into view: the 210-foot high steel edifice is shrouded in billowy containment material while a very big paint job is underway.

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