From the Times Ledger:
Work to rehabilitate and reconstruct the Roosevelt Avenue Bridge is slated to begin before 2012 and conclude by 2015, the city Department of Transportation announced at Community Board 7’s Monday night meeting.
The 1,400-foot-long bridge, which connects downtown Flushing with Willets Point and Citi Field across the Van Wyck Expressway and Flushing River, was built between 1925 and 1927 and overhauled in the early 1980s.
Now 30 years later the bridge is in need of major work again as its deck is rutted with potholes, some of its welding points have deteriorated and rusted and its sidewalks need to be widened.
The city is planning to replace the bridge’s entire road deck, repair and paint its steel structure, expand its sidewalks from 8 to 10 feet wide each with painted bike lanes, restore concrete work and remove the abandoned station house. No work is currently scheduled for the subway portion at the top of the bridge other than painting it.
The toll on the community? An estimated 34 months of traffic disruptions.
At least one lane of traffic and one sidewalk will be open each way for the entire 34 months of work, according to the city, but for much of the three-phase project, traffic will be shut down in two of the bridge’s four vehicle lanes. There may be some traffic disruptions on the Van Wyck Expressway, but work that could affect the expressway’s traffic flow will be done at off-peak times.