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Queens-bound traffic altered for repairs

DOT replacing beams from August fire

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Posted: Thursday, October 10, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:52 am, Thu Oct 17, 2013.

The Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge lanes will be partially closed to facilitate repairs on the structure this weekend.

The city Department of Transportation will be installing two 26-foot-long, 1.5-ton custom steel replacement beams following the Aug. 16 truck fire that damaged the bridge, requiring partial closure of lanes in both directions for the duration of the project from midnight Saturday, Oct. 12 to 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 14.

Three Queens-bound and two Manhattan-bound lanes will be maintained while the beams damaged in the fire are replaced.

A 40-foot tractor trailer, carrying wooden, plastic and metal clothes hangers, burst into flames on the outbound lower level of the bridge around 11 a.m on Aug. 16. The fire was extinguished about an hour later, police said.

According to the DOT, the truck fire produced temperatures hot enough to melt steel, warping the beams.

While all but one lane reopened in less than 48 hours, work continued to produce the steel beams and associated damaged parts in DOT’s Iron Shop in Brooklyn.

According to the agency, two upper and two lower Queens-bound lanes will remain closed for the duration of the project as the replacement beams are installed. To facilitate Queens-bound traffic, the two Manhattan-bound lanes on the span’s lower level will be temporarily reversed to Queens.

The single lane of the south outer roadway will be available for Queens-bound traffic.

The temporary traffic pattern will include posted and electronic message signs along streets and highways as well as NYPD traffic agents stationed at the span’s approaches to guide traffic.

For more information about the temporary closure or for more information about the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge, visit nyc.gov/dot.

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