Jamaica Bay Dredging Requires Disruptions at Gil Hodges Bridge

BROOKLYN — Due to a dredging project being conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, there will be multiple daily bridge lifts at the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge beginning Thursday, Jan. 26, and lasting through February. 
The lifts, which will take place around the clock, will require full, periodic closure of the bridge to traffic, inconveniencing drivers. It takes approximately15 minutes to raise and lower the bridge, which has a clearance of 150 feet above water in its raised position.
Federal code requires that a lift bridge must be raised in order to allow for crossing marine traffic. If possible, motorists are advised to use the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge as an alternate.
The Army Corps of Engineers is working on a restoration project in Jamaica Bay to restore approximately 40 acres of marshland by placing 375,000 cubic yards of clean, dredged sand from Ambrose Channel in Lower New York Bay.
“The corps is committed to this work and will make every effort to minimize the inconvenience to the public from the bridge raisings,” said Col. John R. Boulé II, the Army Corps’ New York district commander. “The overall project will have a significant positive impact on Jamaica Bay, which will last decades beyond construction completion.”
January 19, 2012 - 10:05am


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