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All bridge lanes set to open

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Posted: Thursday, December 5, 2013 10:30 am

MTA Bridges and Tunnels announced Tuesday that all six roadway lanes at the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge’s Queens approach will be open for the next month to ease traffic during peak holiday travel time.

Beginning Dec. 9 through Jan. 15 the permanent lane closure on the approach will be removed during peak morning and afternoon drive times, and 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.

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

Peak morning hours are from 6 to 9 a.m. and peak afternoon hours from 4 to 7 p.m.

The 42-month, $109 million project includes reconstructing the bridge’s support foundations, adding six double-arch piers and a new abutment to support wider lanes and safety shoulders, and reconstruction of the approach roadway and the southbound 14th Avenue exit ramp.

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