Existing Sidewalk Replaced and Widened to Improve Circulation Approaching Bridge
Project Substantially Completed in Seven Months; Additional Upgrades Include Installation of LED Lighting and Aesthetically-Pleasing Fencing
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced the completion of improvements to the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge’s walkway entrance on its Broad Channel approach. The existing sidewalk was transformed into a more pedestrian-friendly space with widened walkway space, repaved with asphalt. New LED lighting was installed along the walkway in addition to architectural fencing that allows for a view of Jamaica Bay. A traffic bollard was added to prevent vehicles from gaining access to the walkway, ensuring only pedestrians and cyclists have access.
The widened space, which includes landscaping enhancements, will give pedestrians a clear view of Jamaica Bay as they approach the bridge from the Broad Channel side, thanks to the newly installed aesthetically-pleasing fencing. The installation of LED lighting allows pedestrians and cyclists looking to venture over the bridge better visibility for evening travels.
“I am pleased that this effort has enhanced the surrounding environment for the benefit of our community neighbors, as well as users of the bridge’s pedestrian walkway,” said Daniel F. DeCrescenzo Jr., President of MTA Bridges and Tunnels.
Work on the walkway leading to the Cross Bay Bridge began in spring of 2020 and was substantially completed in December 2020.