2017-12-20 / Features

Cuomo Announces RFK & LIE Truck Access Project

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced on Friday a project to improve access for large trucks travelling on Interstate 278 in both directions between the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge and the Long Island Expressway in Queens. The $2.5 million project, which began in November and is on schedule to be completed by the end of the year, increases the clearances of three bridges along I-278 in Queens. The work will reduce truck traffic on local streets by allowing tall trucks to stay on the highway.

Currently, trucks with a height of more than 12 feet, 6 inches traveling on I-278 are directed to exit the highway and use truck routes on local streets at Astoria Boulevard, Queens Boulevard, Northern Boulevard and Broadway. Higher clearances will enable the trucks to stay on the interstate and avoid local streets.

I-278 supports New York City’s vibrant economy, and strong truck connections to the highway are essential. This project is increasing clearances at the 31st Street, 69th Street and Broadway bridges by lowering the roadway, micro-milling the concrete pavement and lowering catch basins. The roadway will be resurfaced and striped. All signs that divert the trucks to the local streets will be removed.

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