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New Traffic Pattern At Bronx-Whitestone Bridge Queens Approach

After a winter hiatus for holiday traffic and multiple winter snow storms, work has resumed on the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge Queens approach $109 million reconstruction and rehabilitation project.

A new traffic pattern went into effect on Thurs., Feb. 20 as rehabilitation work continues on the far left lane on the southbound side of the approach roadway. Motorists will be shifted around the work zone and a movable barrier will once again be in place to maximize lane capacity during peak drive times.

With the barrier in place there will be three lanes into the Bronx between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. each morning and three lanes into Queens between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. each afternoon and on weekends.

The Queens approach work includes lane-by-lane demolition and reconstruction of the 1,010-foot-long approach roadway leading up to the bridge, the addition of new safety shoulders, and the rehabilitation of the southbound 14th Avenue exit ramp.

The project was awarded jointly to E.E. Cruz, of Manhattan, and Tully Construction Co., in July 2011 and is expected to be completed in early 2015.

To date, the contractor has finished reconstructing the bridge’s support foundations; added six double arch piers and built a new abutment to support the roadway's wider, 12-foot lanes and safety shoulders.