2010-05-14 / Top Stories

Daily MP Bridge Lifts Are Over

Daily Bridge lifts resulting from a marshland restoration project are now complete. Daily Bridge lifts resulting from a marshland restoration project are now complete. The daily multiple bridge lifts that required full periodic closure of the Marine Parkway Bridge since the beginning of this year are now complete. The lifts, which caused a halt to vehicular traffic for approximately 15 minutes, were 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 was the reason for the continuous lifts bringing in sand shipments and other materials into Jamaica Bay for a major marshland restoration project. Officials said that the “Padre Island” vessel on average made two round trips from New York Harbor, where it dredged the sand, to the marshland site in Jamaica Bay, resulting in at least four lifts a day. Initial estimates stated that the bridge lifts would occur through the end of February, however, the project was extended through the beginning of May.

The restoration project of Elders West salt marsh utilized 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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