Six Lanes For Holiday Travelers At Bronx-Whitestone

MTA Bridges and Tunnels is removing the permanent lane closure at the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge’s Queens approach during peak morning and afternoon drive times for the next month, giving motorists all six lanes for holiday travel.

The moveable barrier will not be in use at the Queens approach during peak drives times from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. from Wednesday, Dec. 11 through Wed., Jan. 15.  The roadway will have all six lanes; three northbound to the Bronx and three southbound to Queens. The northbound lanes will be split around a work zone, with two lanes to the right and one to the left of the construction area.

 “We appreciate our customers’ patience while this necessary work is done and wish all travelers using the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge a happy, healthy and safe holiday season,” said Raymond Webb, Bridges and Tunnels Director of Bridges East.

One lane in either direction may be closed during off-peak hours to allow contractors E.E. Cruz/Tully to get ready for the next stage of roadway work that will begin Jan. 16.

The 42-month, $109 million reconstruction and rehabilitation project was awarded in July 2011. The project includes reconstructing the bridge’s support foundations, adding six double arch piers, a new abutment to support wider, 12-foot lanes and safety shoulders, and reconstruction of 1,010-feet of approach roadway and the southbound 14th Avenue exit ramp. The project is expected to be completed in 2015.