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April 30, 2015

New Kosciuszko Bridge Construction Advisory: May 2015

Please find below key work activities scheduled for the month of May 2015 that could impact you:

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has awarded a $555 million contract to construct Phase I of the new Kosciuszko Bridge. Upon completion, the new bridge will improve traffic safety, reduce congestion and improve travel speeds.

New work projected for May includes the following:

Utility Work

  • Installation of water mains:
  • Anthony Street, between Stewart and Gardner Avenues\New Cherry Street, between Porter and Varick Avenues
  • Varick Avenue, between Anthony and Thomas Streets
  • Installation of sewer lines:
  • New Cherry Street, between Porter and Varick Avenues
  • Stewart Avenue, between Thomas and new Cherry Streets
  • Varick Avenue, between Thomas and new Cherry Streets
  • Installation of underground electrical lines:
  • Vandervoort Avenue, between Anthony and new Cherry Streets
  • New Cherry Street, between Porter and Varick Avenues
  • Stewart Avenue, between new Cherry and Thomas Street
  • Brooklyn Connector and Local Street Reconstruction
  • Installation of micro-piles (foundations) under the abutments of the BQE structure, between Morgan and Vandervoort Avenues
  • Pile driving on new Cherry Street, between Stewart and Varick Avenues
  • Realignment of EB Meeker Avenue, including installation of new sidewalk and curb between Morgan and Vandervoort Avenues
  • Installation of new sidewalk and curb along Vandervoort Avenue, between EB Meeker Avenue and Anthony Street Queens Connector
  • Realignment of Laurel Hill Boulevard, between the EB LIE Interchange and 54th Avenue, including installation of a concrete barrier. Traffic will be shifted from two 11-foot lanes to one 10-foot lane to create a walkway to separate pedestrian traffic from the work zone.

Previously initiated work that is continuing in May includes the following:

Utility Work

  • Installation of water mains:
  • Porter Avenue, between Anthony Street and new Cherry Street
  • Stewart Avenue, between Anthony and Thomas Streets
  • New Cherry Street, between Stewart and Varick Avenues
  • Installation of storm sewers:
  • New Cherry Street, between Vandervoort and Porter Avenues
  • New Cherry Street, between Stewart and Varick Avenues
  • Installation of underground electrical lines:
  • EB Meeker Avenue, between Morgan and Vandervoort Avenues
  • 56th Road, Maspeth
  • Brooklyn Connector and Local Street Reconstruction
  • Continuation of installation of concrete barriers with fencing along EB Meeker Avenue, between Morgan and Porter Avenues. Intermittent lane closures during daytime and evening hours will continue to be required.
  • Continued closure of one lane of WB Meeker Avenue, between Sutton and Apollo Streets, through the summer of 2015 to facilitate rebuilding of the BQE structure walls. No parking will be permitted on WB Meeker Avenue within these limits until the work is complete.
  • Continued closure of the sidewalk on EB Meeker Avenue, between the BP gas station and Vandervoort Avenue and the sidewalk on Vandervoort Avenue, between EB Meeker Avenue and Anthony Street.

Advance notices for specific activities will be distributed to residents and businesses prior to the start of work (water interruptions, traffic lane closures, detours, etc.) The construction schedule is subject to change due to weather and unforeseen field conditions.

For information on project-related BQE lane closures on the BQE and Long Island Expressway Interchange, please check postings on 511ny.org; call 511; or visit the Kosciuszko Bridge Website at www.dot.ny.gov/kbridge/closures.

Please contact Karen Nieves, Evergreen Manager, Business Expansion & Retention at 718-388-7287 ext 160 or email knieves@evergreenexchange.org with any concerns you may have or contact the NYS DOT Community Liaison, Christine Holowacz directly at – (347) 988-4412

Email – kosciuszko@dot.ny.gov

Website – www.dot.ny.gov/kbridge

Please Look For and Observe All Construction Signs in the Area. We appreciate your cooperation.