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The next phase of the Metropolitan Avenue bridge reconstruction project on the Ridgewood/Middle Village border will get underway early, on Aug. 16.

The Department of Transportation has announced that stage three of construction on the bridge deck at Metropolitan Avenue and Fresh Pond Road on the Ridgewood/Middle Village border is about to get underway.

As of Thursday, Aug. 16, at 10:30 p.m., the project will move into its third stage and the work zone on Metropolitan Avenue will move from the center of the road to the south side of the road, according to a community notice from the department.

A presentation given by DOT officials at a recent Community Board 5 Transportation and Public Transit Committees meeting noted that the target completion date for phase two of the project was Aug. 23, so the project appears to be one week ahead of schedule.

For local drivers, the shift to phase three means another round of detours at the intersection.

Those traveling southbound on Fresh Pond Road will not be allowed to make a left turn onto Metropolitan Avenue. Instead, drivers must turn right on Eliot Avenue, then left on 60th Lane and another left on Metropolitan Avenue to head east.

That also means that 60th Lane will temporarily be changed from a northbound one-way to a southbound one-way, and there will be a temporary traffic light at the intersection of 60th Lane and Metropolitan Avenue.

Westbound drivers on Metropolitan Avenue will not be allowed to turn right onto Fresh Pond Road. They must pass through the intersection, take a right on 60th Place, another right on Eliot Avenue and then a left on Fresh Pond Road to head north.

Drivers traveling north on Fresh Pond Road cannot turn right onto Metropolitan Avenue. They will continue through the intersection, take a right on Eliot Avenue, another right on 69th Street and a left onto Metropolitan Avenue to travel east.

Phase three is the final phase of the long-delayed project, and the DOT is hopeful that it will be completed by Thanksgiving.

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