From the Daily News:
THE STATE will try to untangle one of Queens' most horrific traffic knots this spring, reconfiguring the Van Wyck Expressway to cut down on accidents and congestion.
The first phase of the project, expected to cost between $100million and $150million, will target a half mile of the heavily-trafficked north-south roadway between 82nd and Hillside Aves., officials said.
Plans call for extending a northbound merge lane between Hillside Ave. and entrances to the Grand Central and Jackie Robinson parkways.
Workers will also replace the 82nd Ave. pedestrian bridge and equip its substitute with ramps to match requirements for the disabled.
It's all part of an ambitious, long-term revamping of the so-called Kew Gardens interchange, where the three major highways meet the teeming intersection of Queens Blvd. and Union Turnpike.
What a colossal waste of money, since the city and state are pushing full steam ahead with a plan to add ramps to the Van Wyck which will worsen the traffic. Honestly, the Feds need to look into this, but they'll probably sign off on all this stupidity, too.