By ARIEL HERNANDEZ
Gov. Andrew Cuomo paid a visit to LaGuardia Airport earlier this week to announce the opening of a new flyover (bridge) and a partnership that will lead to employment opportunities for local residents.
The new flyover, located at Grand Central Parkway’s exit 7, will serve as the main point of access to Delta Airlines, which is located at the eastern portion of the airport.
According to Cuomo, the flyover will make it easier to access the east side, handling approximately 20 percent of the airport’s incoming traffic.
“This new flyover will bring immediate relief to travelers driving to LaGuardia Airport, and is a key milestone in our plan to build the nation’s first new airport in more than 20 years and make it a world-class international gateway,” said Cuomo. “While the federal government pays lip service to infrastructure, New York is making historic strides in building a transportation network fit for the 21st-century economy.”
The new flyover is one of 26 new planned flyovers that will replace the 15 existing bridges, eliminating the need for on-airport traffic signals.
“One year out from the groundbreaking of Delta’s all-new home in Queens, we’re honored to be here with Gov. Cuomo to open this flyover ramp, one of many more milestones to come,” said Henry Kuykendall, Delta senior vice president. “Today’s opening means quicker access into and out of LGA [LaGuardia] for Delta customers as we look forward to the end of 2019, when we have our first all-new concourse open for flying.”
Cuomo also announced a $1.4 million partnership with the Council for Airport Opportunity (CAO) to work with Elmcor Youth & Adult Activities and Neighborhood Housing Services to provide job-placement assistance with airport employment opportunities, job development, skills training and readiness programs, career counseling, interview preparation and orientation for success in employment.
“The LaGuardia Airport Redevelopment Program is a crucial and ambitious infrastructure project that will greatly benefit Queens and all of New York,” said U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Jackson Heights). “The expansion of the Council for Airport Opportunity, and today’s announcement of new transportation options to ease travelers’ commutes, marks yet another promising step forward for the program. This new flyover will offer travelers a more direct route into LaGuardia, which will alleviate traffic congestion surrounding the airport, a top priority for Queens residents like myself. The CAO’s expansion will create new high-quality jobs right here in Queens, which will ensure that LaGuardia’s redevelopment continues to elevate families living in our communities.”
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