NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The upper deck of Staten Island’s Verrazano-Narrows Bridge will undergo a $419 million replacement.

The work will occur from 2012 until 2016. Motorists will not be affected by the work until 2014.

At least three lanes of the upper deck will remain open throughout the maintenance work.

MTA spokeswoman Judie Glave told the Staten Island Advance the original concrete deck dating from the bridge’s opening in 1964 will be replaced with lighter-weight steel plates designed to reduce weight load.

The lanes also will be widened and a reversible bus/high occupancy vehicle lane will be added.

The bridge’s lower deck was recently replaced.

Driving on the Verrazano, do you think the bridge needs improvements? Let us know below…

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Comments (8)
  1. Luke Mackie says:

    Yes, it will be a WELL IMPROVEMENT! I mean look at all of the H markings on the bridges pier structures just as your passing the end of the lower level. THE CONTRACTOR HAS HIS WORK CUT OUT FOR HIM.

  2. Brennen Cole says:

    reduce the price. It is rediculous. I live in Far Rockaway Queens, and send almost $30 in fairs to Newark Nj. Its just out of control. $5.50 r/t on Marine Parl bridge into Brooklyn, than $13.00 r/t on Verrazano, $4.00 r/t to go one exit on nj turnpike, than $8.00 to come back over the Gothals Bridge back into Staten Island again. Thats $30.50 every time I go to work. Its highway robbery

  3. vy says:

    Of course they could put a tunnel to connect the 4th Ave. subway in Brooklyn to the Staten Island Rapid Trainsit Trains and run the Staten Island trains as a 4th Ave. express between 4th Ave & 86th Street station and downtown brooklyn, then express up Broadway to midtown.

  4. toll payer says:

    The MTA has too much $$$$$. It would be nice if they lowered the tolls.

  5. Mark says:

    Reduce the fair,

  6. Robert Mack says:

    Infra structure upgrade is always a necessity, and money is no object with this cash cow.

  7. Ham Hands says:

    I guess it will cost $15 soon enough to cross that stupid bridge.

  8. Bernie Sanders says:

    it’s about time for the price we pay at least it will look nice !

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