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MTA, drivers prep for Whitestone ramp closure

3rd Ave. exit to shut for construction

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Posted: Thursday, December 20, 2012 10:30 am | Updated: 11:50 am, Thu Dec 27, 2012.

The 3rd Avenue exit ramp at the Whitestone Bridge, which is the last exit before the Bronx toll plaza, will close beginning Jan. 7 while work is being done on the nearby Queens approach to the bridge.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is setting up four detour routes for passenger and commercial traffic that will be affected by the ramp closure.

Drivers of passenger vehicles driving north along the Cross Island Parkway who wish to exit before the toll plaza must take the Utopia Parkway exit, turn left on Totten Street, turn right onto the Cross Island service road and proceed along the service road to 3rd Avenue.

Passenger vehicles driving north along the Whitestone Expressway must drive past the 20th Avenue exit and merge left onto the Cross Island Parkway. Then they should Exit 35, Francis Lewis Boulevard, turn left at 14th Avenue and then take the first left onto the CIP service road. Drivers can then proceed along the service road to 3rd Avenue.

Commercial traffic heading north on the Whitestone Expressway must exit at at 20th Avenue, exit 15, and proceed along the Whitestone Service road to 14th Avenue. A right turn on 14th Avenue will allow drivers to reach Clintonville Street.

Commercial traffic making local deliveries from the Whitestone Expressway must take exit 15 at 20th Avenue and take the expressway’s service road to 14th Avenue. Drivers can then turn right onto 14th Avenue and proceed to the Cross Island Parkway service road. A left turn on the service road will bring drivers to 3rd Avenue.

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