Monday, August 23, 2010
Untangling the mess that is the Van Wyck
From the Daily News:
STATE TRANSPORTATION officials yesterday unveiled the first phase of an ambitious plan to reconstruct the traffic-clogged Kew Gardens Interchange.
The interchange is a tangled mass of roadways that includes the Van Wyck Expressway, Grand Central Parkway, Jackie Robinson Parkway, Queens Blvd. and Union Turnpike.
More than 500,000 vehicles travel on those roads every day, according to state officials.
The first phase of the revamp, slated to start in the coming weeks, targets the perpetually bottle-necked Van Wyck Expressway. It's expected to cost $148 million and take about five years to complete.
Auxiliary lanes will be added to the Van Wyck in an effort to ease traffic flow in the section between Union Turnpike and Hillside Ave., Gee said.
"We will also be replacing a number of bridges," he said. "The infrastructure is aging."
Gee joined Queens Borough President Helen Marshall and a group of elected officials yesterday for a groundbreaking ceremony on Queens Blvd. near the entrance to the Van Wyck Expressway.
The crowd also included several construction workers to highlight the 200-plus jobs the project will create.