Long Way To Go!
Good news is that six months worth
of construction has been completed on the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial bridge. The not so good news is that there are two and a half years left before construction is completed.
Since the Metropolitan Transit Authority started on a $73 million rehabilitation project of the bridge, there has been one lane closed around-the-clock in each direction. Wide loads have also not been permitted during this time.
The MTA recently announced that the bridge will be closed to all traffic Thursday and Friday mornings from 12:01 a.m. to 5 a.m. Motorists are being asked to divert to the Cross Bay bridge during these hours.
The construction work planned over the next two years includes structural steel being repainted, electrical and traffic signals upgraded, installation of a centerline divider, a new concrete roadway, a new steel grating, and replacements of expansion joints and bearings on the facility.
Since the pedestrian walkway is closed, there is shuttle van service available for bicyclists every 30 minutes. The schedule is as follows: March 25, 2000 to Memorial Day--weekdays 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and weekends/holidays 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Memorial Day to Labor Day--weekdays 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., and weekends/holidys 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Labor Day to November 15, 2000--weekdays 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and weekends/holidays 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and November 16, 2000 to March, 2001--no shuttle service provided.
Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial bridge opened to traffic on July 3, 1937 and currently more than 20,000 vehicles cross the bridge daily.