As part of the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) project to rehabilitate the Bruckner Expressway Bridges over the Amtrak/CSX Railroad tracks near the Bronx River, an upcoming reconstruction of the southbound Bruckner Boulevard bridge will require weekend traffic changes between 9 p.m. Friday, May 4 and 9 p.m. Sunday, May 6. The slip ramp from the southbound Bruckner Expressway to Bruckner Boulevard between Bronx River Avenue and the Sheridan Expressway will be closed overnights, from 9 p.m. Friday to 10 a.m. Saturday and from 9 p.m. Saturday to 12 p.m. Sunday. During the overnight closures, a temporary exit from the southbound Bruckner Expressway to Bruckner Boulevard and local streets at Whitlock Avenue will be opened approximately 500 feet beyond the slip ramp. To facilitate this detour, southbound Bruckner Boulevard will be closed to traffic at Bronx River Avenue for the duration of the work, from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Sunday, and motorists will be directed to use Westchester and Whitlock avenues to rejoin Bruckner Boulevard. Exit 51 of the southbound Bruckner Expressway will also be closed during the days, while no left turns will be allowed from the Westchester Avenue exit of the northbound Sheridan Expressway. Motorists are urged to avoid the area if possible and use alternate routes.
DOT has contacted other agencies including MTA Bridges & Tunnels and the New York State Department of Transportation to notify drivers of the closure using overhead variable message signs on major roadways in the area. Motorists affected by the southbound Bruckner Boulevard diversion and the closure of the Bronx River Avenue exit from the southbound Bruckner Expressway should follow the posted detours. DOT will install temporary signs along the routes and will take steps to mitigate the potential impact of additional traffic on these streets by adjusting signal timing and coordinating with NYPD to deploy Traffic Control Agents at key intersections.
Download a map of the detour.
The posted detour routes from westbound Bruckner Boulevard are as follows:
- Turn right on Bronx River Avenue, then left on Westchester Avenue and left again on Whitlock Avenue to rejoin Bruckner Boulevard
- Alternatively, turn right on Bronx River Avenue, then left on Westchester Avenue, left again on Southern Boulevard, and then bear left onto Hunts Point Avenue to rejoin Bruckner Boulevard
Information about DOT’s ongoing efforts to enhance safety and mobility on New York City’s streets, roadways and bridges can be found at www.nyc.gov/dot.
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