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Road Work

Because of ongoing construction work at several locations throughout Queens and Brooklyn, the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced numerous street closures in local neighborhoods for the upcoming week.

The announced diversions are current as of Wednesday, Aug. 22. The DOT may shut down other roads should the need for emergency repairs arise.

Streets and highways that are affected by closures during this week include the following:

Repaving In Astoria, Rego Pk., S. Oz. Pk.

Weather permitting, DOT crews will conduct street resurfacing along the following roadways:

– 47th Street between Newtown Road and 31st Avenue and between 31st Avenue and the Brooklyn- Queens Expressway in Astoria and Woodside for milling on Thursday, Aug. 23; and between Northern Boulevard and Newtown Road for milling on Friday, Aug. 24;

– 62nd Avenue between Woodhaven Boulevard and Alderton Street in Rego Park for paving on Friday, Aug. 23;

– 62nd Drive between Woodhaven Boulevard and Alderton Street in Rego Park for paving on Thursday, Aug. 23;

– 130th Street between South Conduit and 152nd avenues in South Ozone Park for paving on Thursday, Aug. 23;

– the full length of Ellwell Crescent in Rego Park for paving on Friday, Aug. 24; and

– Old South Road between South Conduit Avenue and 130th Street in South Ozone Park for paving on Friday, Aug. 24.

Concrete Work On Cross Bay Bridge

One lane will be closed in each direction most Saturdays at the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge for work related to the $17 million project to rehabilitate the concrete piers beneath the bridge.

The Saturday lane closures will take place between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. and continue through November. One lane in each direction had previously been closed on weekdays, between 7 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. to accommodate equipment being used as part of the repair work, and will continue through November as well.

Currently, two northbound lanes into Broad Channel are closed Monday through Thursday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and on Fridays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. while heavy cranes, fitted with 4-to-6-foot wide stabilizing bars, are used to lower materials to the work area near the bridge’s north abutment.

The entire project, which includes excising and repairing damaged concrete and shoring up materials that protect the bridge’s concrete abutment, is expected to be completed in November 2013.

Guardrail Work On Cross Bay Boulevard

One to two southbound lanes of Cross Bay Boulevard will be closed between the Joseph P. Addabbo Bridge and East First Road in Broad Channel on weekdays from 6 a.m. until 2 p.m. as the DOT installs new guardrails. Bicycle access within the area will be provided throughout the project.

Lane Closure On Union Turnpike

The right lane of the eastbound service road of Union Turnpike between 128th and 134th streets in Kew Gardens will be closed until further notice as part of the state DOT’s ongoing reconstruction of the Kew Gardens interchange. All existing travel lanes remain open and were shifted to the left.

BQE Overpass Work Leaves 1 Lane Open

One lane of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway eastbound will be maintained at Bulova Avenue on one night each week from 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. through Aug. 23 as the DOT conducts bridge underdeck work.

Lane Closures On Grand Central Pkwy.

One lane of the Grand Central Parkway will be closed in either direction under the 37th Street overpass on Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and again from 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. Closures will also occur on weekends from 11 p.m. Fridays until 6 a.m. Saturdays and on Sundays from 12:01 to 11 a.m.

Additionally, one lane in each direction of the Grand Central Parkway will be closed between 82nd and 111th streets on weekdays from 12:01 a.m. until 5 a.m., on Saturdays from 1 to 6 a.m. and on Sundays from 1 to 9 a.m. as the DOT conducts maintenance work.

Furthermore, one lane in each direction will be closed on the 44th Street overpass above the Grand Central Parkway in Astoria through February as the DOT conducts bridge repair work.

It was also noted that one lane in each direction of the Grand Central Parkway may be closed under the United Nations Avenue Bridges (between Roosevelt Avenue and the Long Island Expressway) weekdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and again from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. The closures will also take place on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. and from 10 p.m. Saturdays until 3 p.m. Sundays.

For additional closures, visit the city DOT’s website at www.nyc.gov/dot or call 311.

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