Brief shutdowns of RFK Bridge ramps planned for repairs

By Philip Newman

The MTA Bridges and Tunnels agency will carry out multiple shutdowns of the Robert F. Kennedy bridge ramp leading from Manhattan to Queens Thursday, March 20, through Friday, April 4.

The five- to 10-minute closures of the ramps will take place between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. to permit workers to install steel beams.

The work is part of the $50 million design/build project to reconstruct the 54,000-square-foot ramp, which was constructed in 1967. The 26-month project also includes removing the old concrete deck and replacing the steel support components and adding a new concrete deck.

Work on the project began in June 2012 and is expected to be completed in the fall.

All the work is dependent on good weather.