New Temporary Ramp In Place at Verrazano
Drivers entering the Brooklyn-bound Verrazano-Narrows Bridge from Father Capodanno Boulevard will be using a temporary ramp for the next several months while the original ramp is reconstructed under the $50 million project to improve traffic flow on the bridge’s ramps and approach roadways.
The temporary ramp opened on Thursday evening, Feb. 20. The only real change drivers will notice is a slight shift to the right to enter the temporary ramp, which will have the same two-lane configuration as the original ramp.
Work on this stage of the project is expected to take about 10 weeks. All work is dependent on good weather. Once the work is finished the reconstructed Brooklyn-bound ramp will have two lanes and two new eight-foot safety shoulders. After the reconstructed ramp is completed, the temporary ramp will be removed.
The contractor on the project, Restani Construction Corp., will also continue working on the lower level connector ramp, which will lead motorists directly from the Staten Island Expressway onto the bridge’s lower level.
Other work still to be completed as part of the project is the rehabilitation of the Staten Island-bound Lily Pond exit ramp and improvements to the Brooklyn-bound Staten Island Expressway (SIE) roadway leading to the upper level of the bridge. The original toll plaza roadway was designed for stop and go traffic that occurs at a toll plaza but with the elimination of the eastbound toll booths the SIE eastbound approach to the upper level can now be improved to meet current design standards. The MTA project is scheduled to be finished in 2015.
The project is being closely coordinated with the Staten Island Expressway improvement project, overseen by the New York State Department of Transportation, to improve traffic flow through the I-278 corridor.