Multiple Daily Lifts At Marine Parkway For A Month

Multiple Daily Lifts At Marine Parkway For A Month

There will be multiple daily lifts at the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge beginning Thursday, Jan. 26th through the month of February.

This happening while the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers works on a marsh restoration project.

The lifts will take place around-the-clock and require full, periodic closures of the bridge to traffic. It takes approximately15 minutes to raise and lower the bridge, which has a clearance of 150 feet above water in its raised position.

Federal code requires that a lift bridge must be raised in order to allow for crossing marine traffic.  If possible, motorists are advised to use the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge as an alternate.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is working on a restoration project in Jamaica Bay to restore approximately 40 acres of marsh island by placing 375,000 cubic yards of clean, dredged sand from Ambrose Channel in Lower New York Bay.

"The Corps is committed to this work and will make every effort to minimize the inconvenience to the public from the bridge raisings," said Col. John R. Boulé II, the Army Corps' New York District Commander.  "The overall project will have a significant positive impact on Jamaica Bay, which will last decades beyond construction completion."