The first new ramp added to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge since it was built in the 1960s is now open to traffic. The two-lane lower level connector ramp, which begins on the Staten Island Expressway and leads to the Brooklyn-bound lower level of the bridge, is part of MTA Bridges and Tunnels’ $50 million toll plaza improvement project.
The ramp is expected to immediately improve traffic flow through the busy I-278 corridor by accommodating more traffic from the Staten Island Expressway, said MTA Bridges and Tunnels Engineer Project Manager Piv Lim. “We expect motorists will notice this positive change right away,” Lim said.
New York City Transit is getting ready to install more station intercoms to enhance customer safety and security. NYCT will seek MTA Board approval next week to install the new Help Point Intercoms at 70 additional stations. The devices enable direct communication with station agents and the Rail Control Center. These high-tech devices will serve as a welcome beacon to worried customers and lost tourists alike and is part of the MTA’s ongoing efforts to bring the subway system into the 21st century.
It was a lucky Friday the 13th for nineteen canine police officers as the Class of 2014 graduated from MTA Police explosives detection and anti-terrorism training this morning in a ceremony at Grand Central Terminal.
There will be seven weekends of overnight work at the Throgs Neck Bridge this summer with one or two Queensbound lanes closed while 90,000-square-feet of binder and asphalt overlay are replaced.
The work is set to begin the weekend of June 20-23 but is highly dependent on good weather, and as a result it may not be done on consecutive weekends. The contractor cannot apply new asphalt in rainy weather or in extreme humidity.
Brooklyn subway customers who take the [Q] have a new and improved platform to use at the Cortelyou Road station. The newly refurbished southbound platform along the Brighton Line in Brooklyn is open following a four-month closure. The platform reopened a full week earlier than scheduled.
On Monday, June 16, MTA New York City Transit’s FASTRACK program returns to the [N][R] Fourth Avenue line in Brooklyn. For four consecutive weeknights from Monday, June 16, to early Friday morning, June 20,