59th Street Bridge
The way major parts of New York City are lit is in the midst of a big change, WCBS 880′s Rich Lamb reported.
On the Manhattan side of the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge, there is a giant bronze lamppost. There used to be two, but one of them mysteriously disappeared decades ago.
Drivers who have to cross the East River were relieved that the bumper to bumper traffic has cleared in time for the morning rush, but some were angry over the weekend disruptions.
The upper level of the bridge was closed well before dawn and stayed closed for the better part of the night Saturday.
The boost in security was obvious to many commuters around New York City’s bridges, tunnels and mass transit hubs Friday.
There was a demand Monday for a redesign of a dangerous hair-pin curve ramp off the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge, the scene of deadly traffic trouble, including three accidents in two months.
“Just as he pulled our city back from the edge of collapse, you should know that Mayor Koch literally saved the Queensboro Bridge from near collapse and then began the process of reinvesting in then-crumbling bridges across the city,” Bloomberg said.
Residents and local lawmakers demanded changes at a deadly off-ramp in Queens after two separate accidents in the past two weeks left two people dead.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said in a statement that “Ed Koch was the bridge that brought New York City back from the brink of bankruptcy.”
City Councilman Peter Vallone, Jr. says Mayor Bloomberg’s pitch to honor Ed Koch came out of the blue and the Queensboro Bridge is part of the heritage and culture of Queens.
New York City’s former mayor is thrilled with the proposal to rename the 59th Street Bridge for him.
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