2007-09-28 / Community

Marine Parkway Bridge To Close Weeknights For Repairs

Month-Long Closing to Affect Q35 Service
By Miriam Rosenberg

Beginning September 28, the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge will be closed to traffic on weeknights to perform necessary steel work, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Starting this Friday and continuing through October 26, the bridge will be closed to all traffic from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., except emergency vehicles, as the MTA continues with rehabilitation on the bridge that began earlier this year. During the closings, customers are advised to use the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge as an alternative route.

Service on the Q35 bus route to Brooklyn will also be suspended from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. on these days.

In June, Catherine Sweeney, who is a spokesperson for MTA Bridges and Tunnels, told The Wave that a series of 25 overnight closures to work on the bridge's overhead structure would occur sometime after Labor Day.

Motorists have been dealing with lane closures on the bridge since May, when one lane in each direction was closed down on weekdays for structural steel repairs.

A lane heading to the Rockaways has been closed from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., and one lane going to Brooklyn has been closed from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Joyce Mulvaney, the director of public affairs for MTA Bridges and Tunnels, said she believed the one- lane closures would continue.

"I'm awaiting confirmation from one of our facility engineers regarding the continuation of the daytime "soft" single lane closures, which we believe does not have a serious impact on traffic flow," said Mulvaney in an e-mail to The Wave on Wednesday.

Mulvaney also said the closed lanes could be reopened if the need arises.

Those who travel to Brooklyn on the Q35 will need to find another way to get where they are going. There will be no overnight Brooklyn service on the route between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. Monday through Friday (Saturday morning 5 a.m.). Regular weekday service will continue from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on weekends.

Q35 passengers should make note of the following for weekdays: the first weekday trip to Brooklyn College (the junction of Nostrand and Flatbush Avenues) from Rockaway Park will leave at 5 a.m.; the last trip from Brooklyn College to Rockaway Park will leave at 9:25 p.m.; the first trip to Rockaway Park from Brooklyn College will leave at 5:05 a.m.; the last trip from Rockaway Park (Newport Avenue and Beach 116 Street) to Brooklyn will leave at 9:30 p.m. In addition, Q35 Rockaway Park, Belle Harbor and Neponsit riders can use the A train to the Broad Channel Station; then transfer to the S train to Beach 116th Street. A Q35 shuttle bus service will be provided between the Beach 116th Street Station and Neponsit. If you are heading into Brooklyn, you can use the B41 bus along Flatbush Avenue between Brooklyn College and Kings Plaza and

Before the bridge opened in 1937, the only means of getting to the Rockaways from the mainland was by ferry or by traveling around the Eastern end of Jamaica Bay.

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