Queensboro Bridge repair work begins, at least one vehicular lane will remain closed for nearly 2 years
February 14, 2022 By Michael Dorgan
The Department of Transportation began major repair work on the Queensboro Bridge on Monday and at least one vehicular lane is to remain closed for the duration of the nearly two-year project.
The repair work, which is expected to last through December 2023, involves replacing the bridge’s upper deck to extend its life to up to 75 years, according to the DOT.
The repairs mean that at least one Manhattan-bound vehicle lane on the upper deck is now closed to motorists at all times so the DOT can store construction materials and equipment.
During off-peak periods, an additional traffic lane towards Manhattan must be closed on the upper deck. When that happens, one of the existing lanes bound for Queens on the upper level will be reversed to head toward Manhattan, according to the DOT.
Off-peak hours of the day are Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Off-peak night hours Monday to Thursday from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. and Friday from 8 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.
The DOT is calling on motorists to use alternate modes of transportation during the work.
“Motorists are strongly encouraged to use public transportation or seek alternate routes as crews complete the complete replacement of the upper level of the 113-year-old bridge,” the DOT said in a statement Friday.
The Queensboro Bridge opened in 1909 and is the busiest of the four DOT East River crossings with a daily traffic volume of approximately 170,000 vehicles.
The repair work mainly involves the replacement of the main deck upper deck, although it also includes the replacement of deck joints and barriers on the upper carriageway. Some of the other work includes drainage improvements, structural steelwork repairs and painting.
The redesign means the city’s plan to convert a car-only lane to a pedestrian lane on the bridge will be delayed until at least 2024.
The DOT had committed to converting a car-only lane on the south outer carriageway to a pedestrian lane by 2022, to free up space on the bridge’s north outer carriageway that is currently shared by pedestrians and pedestrians. cyclists.
the the delay upset local politicians and bike safety advocates — who are calling on the DOT to expedite repair work.