Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Roosevelt Island Bridge 15 Minute Daytime Full Closure Wednesday January 29 Says NYC DOT, Rehab Testing Program Continues - Learn About Roosevelt Island Bridge History Too

From the Roosevelt Island Twitterverse:
According to the NYC Department of Transportation (DOT)
The New York City Department of Transportation Division of Bridges will continue the testing program on the rehabilitated Roosevelt Island Bridge on Wednesday, January 29, 2014. Between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., the bridge will be fully closed for up to 15 minutes.

A second test will occur only after the first full test is concluded and any queue of traffic is dissipated. Testing requires a complete closure of the bridge to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic during lifts.

The work is weather sensitive and inclement weather may cause it to be rescheduled or delayed. Emergency services and first responders have been notified of the testing program.

Questions regarding the bridge closure may be addressed to Anne Koenig of the Office of Community Affairs at 212-839-6307 or AKoenig@dot.nyc.gov. You may also call the New York City Government Services and Information Hotline at 311. Please be prepared to give your name, your borough, and the project number, HBM1117, to be routed to the project management team.
UPDATE 12:50 PM - Brownstoner Queens has more on the history of the Roosevelt Island Bridge:
Roosevelt Island is technically part of Manhattan, although it is definitely “its own thing.” Tangibly, the island is connected by the famous Roosevelt Island tram on the western or city-facing side. All vehicles, including Emergency Services like the Fire Department, will find that the only game in town for getting onto the island is by going through Queens.

By the standards of East River Bridges, she’s a twerp. The tiny span is more than a bit overshadowed by it’s spectacular neighbors (Queensboro, Triborough, and Hellgate are nearby) and sits half hidden behind a power plant in Ravenswood. She’s the Roosevelt Island Bridge....
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