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Whitestone lane closure

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Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2013 10:30 am

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will close down one lane on the Queens approach to the Whitestone Bridge around the clock beginning on June 1.

MTA officials said the lane closure is necessary to begin the next phase of the $109 million reconstruction of the approaches to the 74-year-old bridge.

A movable barrier will be used to maintain three northbound traffic lanes to the Bronx during morning rush hour on weekdays, from 6 to 9 a.m.; and three southbound during the afternoon rush from 3 to 7 p.m. On weekends there will be three lanes to Queens and two heading to the Bronx.

The closure will allow crews to conduct a lane-by-lane demolition and reconstruction process while maintaining the road’s current capacity.

Christopher Saladino, facilities engineer for the bridge, said the same movable barrier system was used during the widening and reconstruction of the Bronx approach to the bridge.

Work will begin on the far right northbound lane. It is scheduled to be competed in early 2015.

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