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BQE lane closures expected during cleaning, repainting of Woodside bridges

| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

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Drivers will face some lane closures on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway starting later this week, as two Woodside bridges get a face-lift.

Starting on or about Aug. 21 the city’s Department of Transportation will begin the steel cleaning and surface repainting of the 69th Street and Woodside Avenue bridges which cross over the BQE.

The work, which is expected to be completed by Oct. 31, will take place during daytime and nighttime hours with both single- and two-lane closures in each direction on the highway. The times of the closures will be the same for both bridges.

Two-lane closures on the BQE are scheduled Tuesday through Friday from 12:01 to 5 a.m.; Saturday from 12:01 to 6 a.m.; and Sunday 1 to 8 a.m.

Single-lane closures will occur Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. to 5 a.m.; Friday through Saturday 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.; and Sunday 12:01 a.m. to noon.

69th Street bridge

The work on the bridges is weather-dependent and the schedule may change as necessary, according to the DOT.

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Kosciuszko Bridge project will cause long-term closure of Maspeth roadway

| rpozarycki@queenscourier.com

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Work crews will shut down a Maspeth street for six months beginning next week as construction of the new Kosciuszko Bridge begins in earnest, according to the state Department of Transportation (NYSDOT).

A one-block portion of 54th Avenue between Laurel Hill Boulevard and 43rd Street in industrial west Maspeth will be closed around-the-clock on or about Monday, Aug. 17, and will remain off limits through February 2016.

The eastern end of the existing Kosciuszko Bridge — which carries the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE) over Newtown Creek — passes over this portion of 54th Avenue.

In an advisory, the NYSDOT indicated the closure is required in order for contractors to partially remove an existing BQE viaduct, then install new underground utilities and girders and an abutment wall for the new bridge.

As alternate routes, drivers who normally head eastbound on 54th Avenue should instead turn east on 54th Road from Laurel Hill Boulevard, then north on 43rd Street to 54th Avenue. Drivers heading west from 54th Avenue should turn south on 43rd Street, then west on 54th Road to Laurel Hill Boulevard.

The closure will not affect service on the Q67 side, which has a bus stop in the area. Buses heading westbound will follow the westbound detour route, according to the NYSDOT.

The existing Kosciuszko Bridge. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

The existing Kosciuszko Bridge. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

The $555 million project to replace the existing bridge — an obsolete structure notorious for traffic jams and accidents due, in part, to its narrow configuration — will be completed in two phases. First, the NYSDOT will build a cable-stayed suspension bridge adjacent to the existing bridge on its eastbound side.

Once the first place is completed, all BQE traffic will be shifted onto the new span, and crews will then demolish the existing bridge. A second cable-stayed bridge will be erected in the original bridge’s footprint.

A rendering of the new Kosciuszko Bridge. (File photo)

A rendering of the new Kosciuszko Bridge. (File photo)

The new twin-span Kosciuszko Bridge will feature wider traffic lanes and a joint bike and walking path. The project also includes the creation of new parks and open spaces below the bridge on both sides of the creek.

Click here for more information about the project.



Kosciuszko Bridge replacement fast-tracked

| brennison@queenscourier.com

The Kosciuszko Bridge is getting a much-needed facelift.

The deteriorating bridge — which connects Queens and Brooklyn — was scheduled to be replaced beginning in 2014, but the state announced those plans have been fast-tracked, thanks to the recently-launched New York Works Program.

Construction on the $460 million project will begin by early next year and will be ready for traffic before 2017, three years ahead of what was originally scheduled.

Built in 1939, the aging bridge has been named one of the worst in the city by numerous publications.

The new structure will also feature three additional lanes of traffic, helping to alleviate an often congested span that results in more than quadruple accident rates, according to a report.

The New York Works program, signed into law recently by Governor Andrew Cuomo as part of this year’s state budget, will invest billions of dollars to rebuild the state’s roads, bridges, parks and other infrastructure and create tens of thousands of jobs.

“This significant investment will rebuild the foundation of the region’s economy and create thousands of jobs for New Yorkers,” the governor said.