From the Times Ledger:
The MTA recently put into place a new traffic pattern at the Whitestone Bridge, and drivers are advised to follow certain recommendations in order to keep travel moving as quickly as possible.
Northbound traffic on the Whitestone Expressway approaching the bridge crawled last weekend, causing backups that cost travelers sizable chunks of time on their treks into the Bronx and onward.
The work, the second phase of a four-year, $200 million project to rehabilitate the aging bridge, which was built in the 1930s, would replace the entire original 1,785 feet of roadway near the Bronx end of the bridge and widen its lanes and install emergency shoulders there.
As a result of the work, one lane will be closed at a time until summer 2011, according to Judie Glave, a spokeswoman for Metropolitan Transportation Authority Bridges and Tunnels.
As such, drivers are advised to amend their driving habits.
“If you are a cash customer and you’re headed north to the Bronx, you should stay to the far right because that will bring you to the cash lanes on the toll plaza. It’s not as if you couldn’t get over otherwise, but that’s where eventually you’ll need to be,” Glave said, adding that E-ZPass customers should stay to the left. Signs are posted indicating these new suggestions.