2008-09-19 / Community

CBB Northbound Ramp Closed To Traffic

As part of a new stage in the major deck and ramp reconstruction of the Cross Bay Bridge, the northbound ramp from Beach Channel Drive east to the bridge was closed to on September 15, and will remain closed through December. The ramp will be fully closed for demolition work and structural concrete repairs, followed by new paving. During this period, motorists who wand to access the beach should continue on Beach Channel Drive east past the closed ramp to Beach 84 Street; turn right onto Beach 84 Street, then another right onto Rockaway Freeway, and a final right turn at Beach 94 Street to the bridge. Signs alerting motorists to the detour will be posted throughout the area. The agency has been briefing local community groups and elected officials about this and other phases of the project, most recently at a Community Board 14 meeting in June. "We are always attentive to the concerns of our neighbors," said Adrian Moshe, facility engineer for the agency's two Rockaway bridges. "We appreciate their patience and that of our customers as we do necessary reconstruction of the ramp." The bridge, which opened to traffic in 1970, is a high-level fixed bridge with a concrete deck. The deck and ramps are being completely reconstructed under the authority's Capital Plan, in addition to new railings, concrete barriers, pedestrian path and fire stand pipe. Three decades of wear and tear in the saltwater environment of the Rockaways necessitated the work. This $56.9 million project began in summer 2007 and will finish in May 2010.

El Sol Contracting & Construction Corp. of Maspeth, Queens is the contractor for the job. The Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge, which ties the Rockaways to Broad Channel and the Jamaica Wildlife Refuge, has six lanes of traffic (three 12-foot-wide lanes in each direction).

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