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Press Release #10-33

Seth Solomonow/Nicholas Mosquera: (212) 839-4850

NYC DOT Rehabilitates Northbound Bruckner Expressway Bridge over Railroad Tracks West of Bronx River

Northbound expressway bridge over railroad tracks, expressway on-ramps from RFK Bridge and East 138th Street closed for one weekend

Due to this and associated detours, motorists are advised to use alternate routes

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, the reconstruction of the northbound Bruckner Expressway bridge will require weekend traffic changes between 11:59 p.m. Friday, June 22 and 10 a.m. Sunday, June 24. The northbound Bruckner Expressway bridge over the railroad tracks will be closed and traffic on the expressway will be directed to Exit 49 for the Sheridan Expressway. To facilitate this detour, the Robert F. Kennedy (RFK) Bridge and East 138th Street Bruckner Expressway on-ramps will also be closed to traffic, reducing the number of vehicles redirected to the Sheridan Expressway. Bruckner Expressway-bound motorists coming from the RFK Bridge or East 138th Street will be directed to follow Bruckner Boulevard for approximately two miles before rejoining the expressway near Edgewater Road. This work continues the reconstruction of the northbound expressway and service road bridges following the completion of construction of the southbound bridges. 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 and notified drivers of the closure using overhead variable message signs on major roadways in the area. Motorists affected by the northbound Bruckner Expressway diversion 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 Bruckner detour (pdf)

The three posted detour routes from northbound Bruckner Expressway are as follows:

  • From the Sheridan Expressway: Use the Westchester Avenue Exit, turn right at Westchester Avenue, right again at Bronx River Avenue and left onto Bruckner Boulevard.
  • From the RFK Bridge: Use exit 48 for Bruckner Boulevard and follow this service road for roughly 2 miles before rejoining the expressway.
  • From East 138th Street: Follow Bruckner Boulevard for roughly 2 miles before rejoining the expressway.

Information about DOT’s ongoing efforts to enhance safety and mobility on New York City’s streets, roadways and bridges can be found at