A new traffic configuration put in place last weekend results in all three bridge lanes being opened in both directions during peak driving hours.
This new traffic pattern will remain in place throughout the holiday season and into early 2011.
Work on the four-year, nearly $200 million project to replace the original 71-year-old bridge roadway near the Bronx end continues on schedule and is currently approximately 65 percent complete.
The project was awarded to Conti of New York, LLC in 2008 and is expected to be completed in 2010. To date, 15 new double-arch concrete piers have been built beneath the Bronx side of the bridge. These will help support wider, 12-foot lanes and emergency shoulders.
In 2009, 117,000 vehicles used the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge daily. The bridge connects the Bronx to Queens and Long Island. The 2,300-foot-long, 74-foot wide suspension span was the fourth longest in the world when it opened a day before the New York World’s Fair on April 30, 1939.