VNB Toll Plaza Improvement Project Rolls On

The next phase of work on the Verrazano-Narrows toll plaza improvement project, which includes removing the last three unused Brooklyn-bound toll booths, is set to begin.

The $50 million, 45-month project will start once lanes are re-striped and a new traffic pattern is put in place beginning Jan. 28th. The work will begin with the removal of the last eastbound booths, which haven't been used since one-way tolling was established by Congress in 1986.

Verrazano-Narrows toll plaza artist rendering

The project will also include improvements to the bridge's entrance and exit ramps, including construction of a new flyover ramp from Narrows Road South (service road) and another flyover ramp at the on-bound Lily Pond ramp. Both of the flyover ramps will improve roadway logistics and allow smoother access for buses and cars onto the bridge's upper level.

In later stages, a new connector roadway leading from the Staten Island Expressway will be constructed that will take motorists directly from the highway to the lower level of the bridge.

All nine lanes of traffic that feed into the bridge, which includes those from the SIE, Narrows Road South, and the Father Capodanno and Lily Pond entrance ramps, will be maintained during peak driving times throughout the project.

The first eight booths were taken down in 2010 under the first phase of the toll plaza improvement project, which was designed and is being closely coordinated with the NYS Department of Transportation's Staten Island Expressway Access Improvement work.

"Motorists will see a lot of activity surrounding the Verrazano-Narrows in the next several years but when both the MTA and State DOT projects are finished, customers will see a marked improvement in the flow of traffic through the busy Staten Island corridor," said Bridges and Tunnels Chief Engineer Joe Keane.

The contract for the work was awarded in September 2011 to Restani Construction Corp., of Astoria, Queens. The project is expected to be completed by 2015. The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge opened to traffic in November 1964 and is used by an average 188,000 vehicles daily.