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More road work closures on Jackie Robinson Parkway this week


| rpozarycki@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Anthony Giudice

Ongoing renovations on the Jackie Robinson Parkway will cause even more headaches for drivers this week.

Portions of the eastbound lanes of the 5-mile parkway between Pennsylvania/Jamaica Avenues in Brooklyn and the Van Wyck Expressway will be closed overnight from 11 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. through Friday, July 3, as crews replace existing guardrails.

Additionally, the right lane of the eastbound parkway between the Woodhaven Boulevard overpass and Metropolitan Avenue will be shut down on weekdays from 10 a.m. through 2 p.m. through Thursday. The closure is needed as workers replace a retaining wall.

The closures are part of the state Department of Transportation’s efforts to upgrade the entire Jackie Robinson Parkway, which connects Kew Gardens to eastern Brooklyn and winds its way through Ridgewood, Glendale, Cypress Hills, Forest Hills and Kew Gardens.

Both sides of the parkway will be resurfaced in the $17 million project, which also includes the installation of new safety devices, lane markings and reflectors. The state DOT indicated in May that entire segments of the parkway would be closed to traffic on six separate weekends through the late summer.

Drivers are advised to use designated detour routes while closures are in effect. The DOT also reminds them to travel safely and slowly through work zones; by law, speeding fines are doubled in work zones, and convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone may result in a driver’s license suspension.

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Lane to be closed on Throgs Neck Bridge for 2-3 weeks


| brennison@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of MTA

Drivers planning to use the Throgs Neck Bridge over the next couple of weeks may want to find an alternate route as at least one lane of the crossing will be closed around the clock.

The roadway asphalt and binder will be replaced over the next two to three weeks, shutting down the Queens-bound center lane at all times and an adjacent lane between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. Monday to Friday and 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. on weekends.

The closure begins Monday night at 10 p.m.

Rather than doing work only during off-peak hours, Bridges and Tunnels is using the Fastrack approach also used by New York City Transit allowing the work to be finished before cold weather sets in.

During the construction, drivers are urged to use the Bronx-Whitestone or the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge as an alternate route.

The road work involves removing two inches of asphalt, sand blasting the steel deck and then new roadway binder and asphalt. The work is dependent on moderate temperatures and good weather. Each step must be done consecutively since the steel cannot be left exposed, the agency said.