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BW Bronx Approach Project Enters Final Stage

Roadway work on the four-year, nearly $200 million project to reconstruct the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge's Bronx approach is entering the final phase of construction, which will result in wider 12-foot lanes and new safety shoulders for drivers.

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Crew works on the final stage of roadway construction in the four-year project to rebuild six approach lanes on the Bronx side of the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge

New concrete is scheduled to be poured over a two-week period beginning April 11th. Conti of New York, LLC, the contractor on the project, expects to finish work on the roadway by summer. The entire project, including final work below the roadway, is on track to be completed on time by the end of the year.

The work included the reconstruction of 1,785-feet of elevated roadway at the Bronx end of the bridge as well as the construction of 15 new double-arch concrete piers beneath the bridge.

All of this was accomplished while an average 104,000 vehicles continued using the bridge each day. During the year-long permanent lane closure a reversible lane was used to maintain three traffic lanes during peak drive times to the Bronx in the morning and to Queens in the evening.

A similar $109 million reconstruction of the Queens approach to the bridge, awarded jointly to E.E. Cruz, of Manhattan, and Tully Construction Co., of Queens, is just getting underway.

This project will also provide wider, 12-foot lanes with new safety shoulders for drivers, as well as a brand new playground for the community. The original playground is being moved from its spot underneath the bridge in Francis Lewis Park to a brighter and more open location in the park.

The playground, which will have many new features for children including a sensory play center, was planned and designed with the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation.

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New lightpole being installed as part of the nearly $200 million Bronx-Whitestone Bronx approach project