MTA Bridges and Tunnels Suspends Routine Construction for Thanksgiving Holiday

To ease travel for customers, routine maintenance and temporary construction work at all MTA Bridges and Tunnels crossings will be suspended beginning at Noon on Wed., Nov. 24th until early Monday morning, Nov. 29th.

"We wish all of our customers a safe trip and happy holiday," said MTA Bridges and Tunnels Vice President and Chief of Operations James Fortunato, "and urge drivers to give themselves enough time since the Thanksgiving holiday is one of the busiest travel times of the year."

Fortunato said one way drivers can "know before they go" is to sign up to receive email or text alerts for MTA crossings at They can also visit the website and check out the Travel Time information for any bridge or tunnel crossing on the Bridges and Tunnels link.

In 2009, 3.8 million trips were taken at B & T's seven bridges and two tunnels over the long holiday weekend spanning Wednesday through Sunday. The Verrazano-Narrows had the most trips, with nearly 969,000, followed by the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge with 591,000 trips and the Throgs Neck Bridge with nearly 575,000.

The day before Thanksgiving was the heaviest traveled of the five days in 2009 with 877,404 trips. Peak driving times were between 7 AM to 9 AM and 3 PM to 5 PM.  

In order to speed your trip, MTA Bridges and Tunnels suggests customers use

E-ZPass, keep transponders properly mounted (don't wave it!) and look carefully for signs directing drivers to E-ZPass only or Cash only lanes. Cash customers can also speed their trip by having exact change.

Fastest route to Grandma's house this Thanksgiving is with E-ZPass as this photo of cars at the Throgs Neck Bridge toll plaza shows.