Queens Boulevard traffic pattern changes as Briarwood project continues

Photo courtesy of the state Department of Transportation

One side done, one more to go.

The state Department of Transportation (DOT) announced a new traffic pattern on a Queens Boulevard overpass in Briarwood as it continues work to improve both the bridge and the Van Wyck Expressway below.

Four lanes of traffic, two in either direction, will be moved from the existing south side of the boulevard to the north side, onto a new, recently completed overpass.

This pattern will remain in place for the next year as DOT crews demolish and replace the southern side of the span.

It’s part of the DOT’s $154 million reconstruction of the Van Wyck Expressway between the Main Street exit and the Kew Gardens Interchange, which is also being rebuilt. The lane shift is expected to be completed by Thursday night.

The southern entrance to the Briarwood E subway station adjacent to the southern side of Queens Boulevard will also be closed for a one-year period as work progresses. Riders will need to enter the station on the newly completed subway station on the north side of Queens Boulevard at Main Street. A new sidewalk leading to the station will be completed next week, according to the DOT.

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