2017-10-18 / Front Page

NYSDOT Announces $13 Million To Rehab Jewel Avenue Bridge Over Van Wyck Expwy

New York State Department of Transportation Acting Commissioner Cathy Calhoun announced on October 16 that work is underway on a $13 million project to rehabilitate the Jewel Avenue Bridge over the Van Wyck Expressway, as well as the entrance ramp from Jewel Avenue to the southbound Van Wyck Expressway and the exit ramp from the southbound Van Wyck Expressway to Jewel Avenue. The project is expected to be completed in the spring of 2019.

“Governor Cuomo is working hard to provide a smart, modernized transportation infrastructure that will benefit New York City’s citizens and support the economy long into the future,” said Acting Commissioner Calhoun. “This project will provide a reliable bridge and smooth riding surface for the many motorists, cyclists and pedestrians who travel across it each day.”

The project includes repairing the bridge decks and structural steel. The entire length of the main bridge will be paved, and the bridge sidewalks will be reconstructed. Existing streetlights and traffic lights will be upgraded to include LED lighting, and new drainage scuppers and fencing will be installed. Safety improvements will be made to bike lanes within the project limits.

The project also includes installing additional signage and roadway striping along Meadow Lake Drive. Three retaining walls will be repaired along the eastbound Long Island Expressway, including between 58th Street and Maurice Avenue; between Junction Boulevard and 97th Place; and at the exit ramp at 138th Street.

NYC Councilman Rory I. Lancman said, “This project is an important step forward to ensure that the Jewel Avenue Bridge is safe for pedestrians and motorists to use for many years to come. I thank Governor Cuomo for making this critical investment in Queens’ transportation infrastructure, and look forward to using the revamped bridge.”

Motorists are reminded that fines are doubled for speeding in work zones. In accordance with the Work Zone Safety Act of 2005, convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual’s driver’s license.

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