Construction has begun on the replacement of the Bronx River Parkway Bridge in the Wakefield and Woodland Heights sections of the Bronx. The bridge, which carries the parkway over Metro-North Railroad tracks, is scheduled for completion in Fall 2024.
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the start of the $64.4 million project on Friday.
“The Bronx River Parkway is one of New York City’s most critical travel corridors,” she said. “With this bridge replacement … we’re not only ensuring the continued safe operation of the Metro-North line, but also fostering growth and prosperity for the entire region.”
The project will replace the 72-year-old structure with a new modern steel system. Additionally, the nearby concrete arch bridge that brings the parkway over the Bronx River will be repaired and the northbound exit ramp from the Bronx River Parkway to Bronx Boulevard will be extended to reduce congestion.
“Ensuring safety, improving infrastructure and reducing congestion to this vital artery that connects commuters in the Metropolitan Area is much needed in the northern section of The Bronx,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.
To minimize impacts on the traveling public, lane closures due to construction will be limited to overnight hours and weekends, according to a news release from the governor’s office.