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Photo by Anthony Giudice/QNS
Photo by Anthony Giudice/QNS
Preparations for the work on the Metropolitan Avenue Bridge are beginning.

Get ready to see some big changes at the end of the month when construction work on the Metropolitan Avenue Bridge at the Ridgewood/Middle Village border finally gets underway.

According to the project’s community liaison, starting Tuesday, Jan. 17, Variable Message Signs (VMS) have been set up to alert drivers of the upcoming construction on the severely damaged bridge deck at the intersection of Metropolitan Avenue and Fresh Pond Road.

The VMS will be set up at these locations:

  • Forest Avenue and Metropolitan Avenue;
  • Metropolitan Avenue and 69th Street;
  • Fresh Pond Road and Palmetto Street; and
  • Fresh Pond Road and 60th Avenue.

On Monday, Jan. 30, the direction of traffic flow 60th Lane between Metropolitan Avenue and Eliot Avenue will be reversed from northbound (goring from Metropolitan Avenue to Eliot Avenue) to southbound (from Eliot Avenue to Metropolitan Avenue). This change in direction will last for the duration of the construction.

As an added safety measure a temporary traffic light has been installed at the intersection of 60th Lane and Metropolitan Avenue.

Photo courtesy NYC DOT

Photo courtesy NYC DOT

On Tuesday, Jan. 31, after nearly six months of delays and holdups, Phase 1 of construction will begin with the implementation of Work Zone Traffic Controls. Detours associated with Phase 1 will go into effect restricting turns at the intersection.

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