New Traffic Pattern on the Throgs Neck Bridge
With the nearly $100 million project to replace the Queens approach roadway decking on the Throgs Neck Bridge almost complete, the Bronx-bound, Cross Island Parkway (CIP) ramp has returned to two lanes.
"We are taking a fresh look at how we can improve traffic flow on the Throgs Neck CIP on bound ramp now that construction work on the Queens approach is winding down and we have more roadway to work with," said MTA Bridges and Tunnels President Jim Ferrara.
The rehabilitation project at the Throgs Neck Bridge, which began in late 2008, included the replacement of more than 140,000 square feet of roadway decking near the Queens end of the bridge. The work, being done by contractor E.E. Cruz, is nearly completed, within budget and several months ahead of schedule.
Under a trial traffic pattern, the ramp will be restored to two lanes but the merge point will be moved several hundred feet to near the top of the ramp. The earlier two-lane configuration often resulted in cars on the ramp failing to safely merge, resulting in accidents with trucks traveling in the center lane of the bridge.
The ramp was changed to a one-lane configuration in the summer of 2009 to accommodate the ongoing construction work and reduce accidents.
If the new traffic pattern is successful, Ferrara said the new configuration would be made permanent. "Customer safety is our first and foremost concern, as always," Ferrara said, "but we are also willing whenever we can to make improvements that will keep traffic moving."