Verrazano-Narrows Gets Ready For Cyclists
This Sunday, some 30,000 bicyclists participating in the 34th annual TD Bank Five Boro Bike Tour will descend on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge as they cycle toward the finish line in Fort Wadsworth on Staten Island.
The annual event began in 1977 with 250 riders. The 42-mile route begins at Battery Park City in lower Manhattan and travels through the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and ends in Staten Island after riders pedal 6,690-feet across the lower level of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.
If you plan to use the bridge on Sunday here's what you need to know:
Westbound to Staten Island:
The lower level of the bridge heading into Staten Island will be closed from 12:01 AM until around 6 PM. The upper level of the bridge heading into Staten Island will remain open. Motorists can access the upper level from the BQE and Belt Parkway approaches only.
The Bay Street exit in Staten Island will be closed from 7 AM to about 6 PM. The 92nd Street entrance ramp to Staten Island will be closed to vehicular traffic from 10 AM to 5 PM.
Eastbound to Brooklyn:
The lower level of the bridge heading into Brooklyn will be closed from 12:01 AM until about 8 AM when two of the three lanes are expected to reopen. The upper level of the bridge heading into Brooklyn (eastbound) will be open throughout the day.
Due to all the activity on the bridge, motorists are advised that they may experience delays. If possible, they should seek an alternate route.
Drivers may also experience heavier than usual traffic or delays at Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel, the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge and Queens Midtown Tunnel as a result of nearby roadway closures on the westbound BQE, FDR Drive south and the Pulaski and Ed Koch-Queensboro bridges.