The New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) and New York City Police Department (NYPD) today announced that the single lane of Queens-bound outer roadway of the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic from 9 p.m. through 6 a.m. each day, reducing the potential for speeding and other unsafe nighttime driving when the lane is underused, while providing sufficient capacity for traffic volumes on the inner and upper roadways at all times of the day. Taking effect at 9 p.m. on Monday, December 30, the nightly closure follows a review of existing safety measures, traffic volumes and travel speeds following the recent deadly crash at the Queens end of the outer roadway.
“This upgrade to the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge is just the latest step we’ve taken to keep the more than 180,000 daily drivers crossing safely on one of the city’s most iconic bridges,” said DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan.
The daily closures and reopening of the outer roadway will be managed by NYPD traffic officers/agents already stationed at the bridge to manage the weekday reversal of the two Queens-bound lanes of the upper roadway to accommodate Manhattan-bound traffic. The daily outer-roadway closure follows traffic measures installed near the Queens Plaza South exit ramp since 2011, including three 20 MPH word messages; “sharks teeth” markings on the roadway; 14 yellow and 12 white 36”-by-8” aluminum-backed reflectors; another 150 yellow and white prismatic reflectors on the bridge rail uprights; four sets of rumble strips to warn drivers that they are approaching a reduced speed zone; and an electronic sign that displays the speed of passing motorists using radar technology. DOT will continue to monitor traffic volumes, safety measures and driving conditions on the bridge throughout the day.
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