2009-09-04 / Top Stories

MPB Breezy Point Exit Closes 9/14

The ramp from the Marine Parkway Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge to the Breezy Point exit will close for approximately 10 days starting on Monday, September 14 for planned necessary structural concrete repairs by MTA Bridges and Tunnels.

The detour that will be in effect for the duration of the Breezy Point ramp closure is for motorists to drive east on Beach Channel Drive East, then make a U-turn at Beach 149 Street.

Signs alerting motorists to the detour will be posted throughout the area. The ramp closure does not affect bus routes. The U-turn occurs along Beach Channel Drive immediately after driving underneath the overpass near Riis Park.

The Marine Parkway Bridge carries average daily traffic of 23,000 vehicles.

The Authority waited to schedule the closure until after the busy summer season, when the bridge has a 50 percent increase in vehicular traffic due to beach-bound motorists. The work needs to be completed, however, before the cold weather sets in.

MTA Bridges and Tunnels has contacted local community groups, elected officials and Community Board 14 to alert them in advance of the ramp closure.

The 72-year-old Marine Parkway Bridge connects Brooklyn to the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens and spans the entrance to Jamaica Bay. The bridge has two lanes of traffic in each direction and a vertical lift span that can rise to 150-feet clearance above the water to allow maritime traffic crossings.

Several years ago the agency began a major $120 million rehabilitation project on the bridge, which replaced the original steel-grated roadway deck of the lift span with a concrete-and-steel orthotropic deck; the elevators and electrical systems in the towers were also replaced, and a new service building was built at the toll plaza.

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