Verrazano Bridge marks 50th anniversary with more construction

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Plans are being made to celebrate and work on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.

The upper deck will be replaced. One new feature will be a lane for commuter vehicles. Some neighbors are asking for a bicycle and pedestrian pathway. The MTA is studying a possible path. That study will be done in 2016.

On Saturday, neighbors and cyclists met on the grounds of Staten Island's Alice Austen House to advocate for a bicycle and pedestrian pathway. The Harbor Ring has organized events. The group has a petition asking the MTA for the pathway on the span.

As drivers know from the sight of yellow cranes on the span, median dividers are being demolished now on the bridge, old gantries are being removed, and lights and signs have been relocated. Project completion date is end  of 2017.

The toll plaza improvement project and access ramp projects are also on track, according to the MTA. Completion date for this project is  first quarter 2015. A new ramp that will connect the new HOV lane from the bridge to the Gowanus Expressway HOV lane is also underway.

"A multi-use pathway would provide tremendous benefit to the NYC metro area's transportation capability, economic opportunity, resiliency efforts, and the Harbor Ring Route, a 50-mile recreational route around the New York Harbor that unites Staten Island, Brooklyn, and Manhattan with Hoboken, Jersey City, and Bayonne," according to a Harbor Ring news release.

Representatives say it would not impact traffic.

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