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Mill Basin Draw Bridge to Become Fixed Bridge

The Mill Basin Bridge is adjacent to the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge and the Gateway National Recreation Area.  It is a movable draw bridge on the Belt Parkway with a clearance over mean high water of 35 feet.  The new structure will not be a draw bridge, but a fixed structure with a 60 foot clearance over mean high water.  The new construction will result in increased sight distances, wider lanes, and the inclusion of safety shoulders in both directions.  A new fender system will be installed to protect the bridge substructure from marine traffic.

The Mill Basin Inlet Bridge (pictured above)will be built “off line”, meaning that new structures will be built adjacent to the existing bridges.  Traffic will remain on the existing bridges until the new structures are complete.  According to DOT, minimal impacts will occur when the approach roadways are configured to move traffic to the new bridges.  Construction is scheduled to begin in 2010.

Other bridges included in the reconstruction project include the Fresh Creek, Rockaway Parkway, Bay Ridge and Paerdegat Basin bridges.

When construction starts, Expect the following schedule for weekday lane closures:  all lanes will be open from 5 AM to 10 AM and from 2 PM to 10 PM.  One lane will be closed from 10 AM to 2 PM, and from 10 AM to 5 AM, and two lanes will be closed from 1 AM to 5 AM.  For weekends, expect one lane closed from 11 PM to 6 AM  on Fri-Sat., and two lanes closed from 1 AM to 5 AM Saturday.

3 comments to Mill Basin Draw Bridge to Become Fixed Bridge

  • Anonymous

    Nice open the bridge in the middle of the afternoon, back up traffic for miles
    because some jerk who lives in mill basin needs to go fishing. Its bullshit
    and you ruin peoples lives who need to get to work and emergency vehicles
    that need to get through…cut it out

  • Anonymous

    why didnt they do this bridge first, the always stuck in the open position is a pain in the ass already

  • peg

    I agree also, there should be no more raising and lowering of the bridge because a tall boat needs / wants to go out, thus causing thousands of people inconvenience, just because some schmuck want to sail out.

    get a smaller boat already !!