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BQE lane closures expected during cleaning, repainting of Woodside bridges

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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.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/bridgepainting.


Bridge connecting Queens and Brooklyn waits for reconstruction plans

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THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

The plans to replace a ramshackle bridge over a toxic creek won’t be drawn up until 2016, officials said.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) plan for reconstruction of a 100-year-old bridge that connects Brooklyn and Queens won’t enter the planning phase for two more years, according to a DOT spokesman.

The Grand Street Bridge spans the Newtown Creeka federal Superfund siteand connects Gardner Avenue in Brooklyn and 47th street in Queens.

Built in 1903, the narrow bridge is a nominally two-way road that has required constant maintenance over the years. A reconstruction of the bridge would widen the bridge and also reinforce it to better withstand the weight of modern cars. Locals were skeptical.

“We’ve been through a design phase before. A lot of projects have been stalled for too long. And this project has been stalled for too long,” said Gary Giordano, district manager in Community Board 5, expressing skepticism about the department’s plans for reconstruction. He noted that the bridge on the Queens side is in Maspeth where there are many industrial manufacturing businesses.

And with the businesses comes a high volume of truck traffic that use the bridge everyday.

“This is a bridge that cannot accommodate two large vehicles going in opposite directions. It doesn’t accommodate today’s type of traffic,” Giordano said. The narrow bridge is only big enough for one truck to pass through at a time but since there are no traffic lights to alternate traffic, Giordano believes that the area is very dangerous.

The DOT promised to maintain the bridge while the agency plans to plan.

“The agency continues to monitor the structure and make any necessary short-term repairs prior to the start of this project,” a DOT spokeswoman said. “DOT will also continue to update local stakeholders, including the community boards, on any temporary closures required for repair work.”



Queens’ Morning Roundup

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morning roundup


Monday: Rain and snow showers this morning. Then becoming partly cloudy this afternoon. High near 55. Winds N at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 70%. Monday night: Clear skies. Low 34. Winds N at 15 to 25 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: The Kaleidoscope

“The Kaleidoscope” starts at 8:00 p.m. at The Creek and the Cave at 10-93 Jackson Ave. in Long Island City. The Kaleidoscope is an experiment where friends and strangers get together and perform. Four improvisers create teams with whom they have never performed and will never exist again. Like a kaleidoscope:, every time you look you will see something different. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

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Bratton raps Kelly and Bloomberg on stop and frisk

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Queens’ Morning Roundup – 10/20/2011: Suspected groper released from custody

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The Round Up

Former JetBlue flight attendant sentenced to one year of probation

A fed-up flight attendant whose spectacular exit down an emergency chute made him a national sensation completed his court-ordered treatment program Wednesday and was sentenced to a year of probation. Steven Slater avoided jail time for his stunt when he pleaded guilty to attempted criminal mischief and agreed to undergo counseling and substance abuse treatment. Read More: CBS News


Suspected groper released from custody

Police arrested Joshua Flecha, of Queens, on charges of forcible touching and sexual abuse. Flecha was picked out of a lineup in connection with the May 7 incident, but authorities say the woman could not say for certain he was the suspect and police released him Wednesday. Read More: Wall Street Journal


Ex-George Washington Bridge employee pleads guilty to toll theft

A former toll collector at the George Washington Bridge admitted Wednesday that she stole $500 in toll funds to support her prescription-drug abuse. Debbie Rembert, 41, of Queens,  admitted in court that she partly concealed the thefts by falsely reporting that trucks passed through her tollbooth but then turned around and did not cross the bridge or pay the toll. Read More: NJ.gov



Councilmember Van Bramer Announces Plans To Improve Queens Libraries

City Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer announced at the Queens Library of Woodside on Wednesday his plans to fund library improvements, including a teen center, in the 26th District. Watch the video: NY1


Man found dead in bathtub in Woodside

Detectives are investigating the death of a Queens man who was found in his bathtub Wednesday with what police described as two puncture wounds to his head. The 62-year-old Woodside man was discovered Wednesday morning after a friend became concerned when he could not reach him, police sources said. Read More: Daily News


Astoria Post Office saved

Following months of apprehension regarding the fate of the post office, the United States Postal Service (USPS) recently announced that Grand Station was removed from a list of branches targeted for potential closure. Read More: Queens Courier