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New RFK Bridge Ramp Eases Travel from Bronx to Randall's Island

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A spanking new ramp leading from the RFK Bridge onto Randall's Island has opened, just in time for the busy recreational and cultural season. The ramp, which opened April 5th after several years of construction, makes life easier for drivers from the Bronx and points north who previously had to navigate a multi-lane crossover at the Manhattan toll plaza.

The ramp is important because it will allow drivers better access to the island, improve traffic flow and relieve congestion at other points on the bridge. Drivers coming from the Bronx seeking Randall's Island should proceed through the Bronx toll plaza and exit right to the ramp, located about a half-mile past the Bronx plaza heading southbound to Queens. The skid-resistant ramp touches down near the park grounds and newly constructed ball fields.

From a recreational standpoint the new ramp comes at a fitting time, as it's centrally located near a majority of the playing fields, many of which are being refurbished and expanded by the Randall's Island Sports Foundation. The sports season gets into full swing during April, in addition to cultural events such as summer concerts and Cirque du Soleil. According to the Foundation, there are some 700,000 annual visitors to Randall's Island, which is technically part of Manhattan. For more information on island events visit: www.risf.org.

The sprawling, three-span Triborough Bridge, which opened to traffic on July 11, 1936, was renamed after the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy in November 2008. The bridge carries a total of more than 160,000 vehicles daily to Manhattan, Queens, the Bronx and Randall's Island.