By Lynn Edmonds
Commuters who use the Roosevelt Avenue Bridge over Flushing Creek should be prepared to face delays as of Jan. 4, the planned start date for construction on the span.
During construction, one lane will remain open in each direction.
As an alternative to the Roosevelt Avenue Bridge, which runs two lanes in each direction over the Van Wyck Expressway and Flushing Creek, the City Department of Transportation is advising motorists to use Northern Boulevard.
Commuters who regularly take Northern Boulevard can expect increased traffic.
The DOT said the agency would install message boards to alert motorists of the construction as well as deploy traffic enforcement agents at 126th Street, the Sky View Parc garage entrance and other key intersections to direct motorists through the new traffic flows.
The Jan. 4 construction will begin the first of three 12-month long phases of construction. During each stage, one lane of traffic will remain open in each direction.
The rehabilitation on the bridge includes replacement of the bridge deck and its stringers, rehabilitation of the piers and abutments, and widening of the sidewalks. The updates should extend the useful life of the bridge for another 50 years. The last time the bridge underwent major construction was in 1982. The span was constructed in 1927. It also carries the 7 train between the Flushing-Main Street and Mets-Willets Point stations.
About 20,000 vehicles use the bridge every day.
For updates on the construction, visit Facebook.com/Rooseveltavenuebridge.
Reach Lynn Edmonds at (718) 357-7400 x127, email@example.com or @Ellinoamerikana