With the next stage of construction set to begin as part of the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge’s $109 million Queens approach reconstruction and rehabilitation project, two of three southbound lanes heading into Queens will be closed during overnight hours on May 15th into May 16th.
Once the new work zone is established, drivers who plan to exit onto the 14th Avenue ramp must stay in the right lane when traveling over the bridge. This traffic pattern will be in effect for approximately six weeks.
The lane closures will be in effect 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Thursday May 15 into Friday, May 16. All work is dependent on good weather. There will be no work during Mother’s Day weekend.
A movable barrier will continue to be used to maximize lane capacity during peak drive times with three lanes into the Bronx from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and three lanes into Queens from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. 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. The contractor has finished reconstructing the bridge’s support foundations; adding six double arch piers and a new abutment to support the roadway's wider, 12-foot lanes and safety shoulders.