2010-04-02 / Community

Bridge Lifts To Continue Through May

The daily Bridge lifts occurring at the Gil Hodges Marine Parkway Bridge will continue through May. The daily Bridge lifts occurring at the Gil Hodges Marine Parkway Bridge will continue through May. Daily multiple bridge lifts requiring full periodic closure of the Marine Parkway Brid ge will continue through May. The lifts, which cause a halt to vehicular traffic for approximately 15 minutes, are required by the U.S. Coast Guard to allow for crossing marine traffic.

A construction vessel belonging to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers needs the height clearance as it conveys sand shipments and other materials into Jamaica Bay for a major marshland restoration project. There have been almost daily multiple lifts for this vessel since the transports began in January. The delays come from transporting dredged sand from New York Harbor and transporting it under the bridge and into Jamaica Bay.

The original estimates stated that the bridge lifts would occur through the end of February, however, the timeline has been extended twice since the project’s inception.

The restoration project is for the Elders West salt marsh which will utilize about 200,000 cubic yards of clean sand from the ongoing New York-New Jersey Harbor 50-foot deepening project to restore about 35 acres of low and high marsh habitat in Jamaica Bay. It is expected to cost $11.5 million, with 65 percent of the cost borne by the federal government and 35 percent divided between the State of New York and the City of New York. Included in the federal cost share is about $3.9 million in federal stimulus funds.

Motorists can sign up for Customer Email Alerts regarding the Marine Parkway Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge by visiting the MTA’s website at mta.info.

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