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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release #08-062

Borden Avenue Bridge in Queens Closed for Six-Month Reconstruction Project

Detours established in both directions for all vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists

The New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) today announced that the Borden Avenue Bridge in Queens will be closed effective at noon today through July 2009 for a reconstruction project. The decision was made after studies of one of the bridge's abutment walls showed a need for expedited repair. The bridge, which about 16,000 vehicles cross daily, spans Dutch Kills in Long Island City. DOT will post detour signs on the approach to the bridge, though local business will have access within the detour areas.

Detours for different size vehicles follow (also please see attached map):

Westbound (toward Manhattan):

General traffic: Follow the Borden Avenue detour, turning right on 30th Place and left on Hunters Point Avenue (49th Avenue). Make a left onto 25th Street to return to Borden Avenue.

Trucks over 12'-10": Use the Borden Avenue detour turning right on 30th Place and left on Hunters Point Avenue (49th Avenue). Make left on 27th Street, right on 51st Avenue and left on 25th Street to return to Borden Avenue.

Eastbound (toward Queens):

All Vehicles: Use the Borden Avenue detour turning left on 25th Street, right on 51st Avenue and left on 27th Street and continue to 49th Avenue (Hunters Point Avenue). Make right on 49th Avenue (Hunters Point Avenue) and right on 30th Street to return to Borden Avenue.

Pedestrians/Bicyclists: Use the Eastbound and Westbound Borden Avenue detour for all vehicles.

The 100-year-old Borden Avenue Bridge is a two-lane, 345-foot-long retractile- type moveable bridge with sidewalks, just south of the Long Island Expressway between 27th Street and Review Avenue. The bridge's design permits vessels to pass along the Kills, though vessel openings have been infrequent in recent years. DOT operates 789 bridges citywide.

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