2009-09-25 / Front Page

Closures Set For Bridges

By Nicholas Briano

Several repair dates for the Rockaway bridges will result in an exit ramp detour and complete bridge closures on different days during the upcoming weeks, according to MTA Bridges and Tunnels officials.

Marine Parkway Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge will be closed from midnight to 5 a.m. on Tuesday, October 6. Other detours are scheduled for the upcoming weeks as well. Marine Parkway Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge will be closed from midnight to 5 a.m. on Tuesday, October 6. Other detours are scheduled for the upcoming weeks as well. The southbound Breezy Point exit ramp coming off the Marine Parkway Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge into Rockaway was supposed to close for repairs two weeks ago, but that closure was delayed until this Monday.

The ramp is expected to close aroundthe clock beginning Monday, September 28 through Monday, October 12 to allow for repair and re-paving.

Detour signs will direct motorists to the alternate route. Motorists will drive east on Beach Channel Drive East, then make a Uturn at Beach 149 Street. The U-turn occurs along Beach Channel Drive immedi- ately after driving underneath the overpass near Riis Park.

The Marine Parkway Bridge carries an average daily traffic load of 23,000 vehicles, but will completely close for nighttime paving work beginning on Tuesday, October 6, from 12:01 a.m. until 5:00 a.m.

The Cross Bay Bridge doesn't get off easy either, because on Monday, September 28, all Rockaway bound lanes will be closed for 15-minute intermittent periods from 10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (traffic will resume between closures) to install a sign gantry over southbound lanes, according to officials.

On the same day, the Cross Bay Bridge's southbound ramp to Far Rockaway (Beach Channel Drive East) and Rockaway Freeway/- Shorefront Parkway, will close for intermittent 15-minute periods from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. (traffic will resume between closures). Buses and all southbound traffic will be detoured to the Riis Park ramp (Beach Channel Drive West) during the closures. Motorists wishing to drive east on Beach Channel Drive (towards Far Rockaway) will be detoured to make a left on Beach 108 Street, a left on Rockaway Freeway, and an additional left on Beach 94 Street in order to get back onto Beach Channel Drive heading east. For motorists wishing to get to Rockaway Freeway or Shorefront Parkway, the posted detour will also be a left on Beach 108 Street.

Finally, on Thursday, October 1 and Friday, October 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day, the bridge entrance ramp from Beach Channel Drive West at Beach 94 Street will be closed to accommodate construction on the roadway. Detour signs will also be posted to direct motorists.

The MTA Bridge and Tunnel Authority waited to schedule the closure until after the busy summer season, when, they say, 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.

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