Yesterday, the MTA’s agencies released their annual Memorial Day service plan information via press release. Here are the details starting with Bridges & Tunnels:
MTA Bridges and Tunnels will suspend all routine maintenance work beginning at Noon on Friday, May 27th through the end of the morning rush on Tuesday, May 31st to accommodate motorists traveling this Memorial Day weekend.
Memorial Day weekend is traditionally among the busiest travel times at the agency’s seven bridges and two tunnels. In 2010, Memorial Day weekend, including early Thursday getaway day through Monday, was the busiest of the three long summer weekends (others include July Fourth and Labor Day weekends) with some 4 million motorists using MTA bridges and tunnels.
“All routine maintenance and construction work will be suspended over the holiday weekend in an effort to make traveling easier for our customers,” said Bridges and Tunnels Vice President and Chief of Operations James Fortunato. “We wish all our customers a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend.”
The exception will be long-term construction closures at the Bronx-Whitestone and Henry Hudson bridges, which cannot be lifted. As a result, one of three lanes will be closed northbound to the Bronx at the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge, where the roadway decking across all six lanes at the bridge’s Bronx approach is being replaced, and one of three lanes will be closed on the northbound Henry Hudson Bridge to the Bronx, where a three-year, $33 million project to replace the original, 1930s steel curb stringers that support the roadway on either side of the bridge, has just begun. Motorists should take these closures into account and allow extra travel time.
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