Bloomberg announces plan to replace the City Island Bridge

The city announced plans to replace the more than 100-year-old City Island Bridge.

The bridge, which connects City Island to the rest of the Bronx, will be replaced by a mast-type Cable Stayed Bridge with a single tower on the mainland side. Since there's a lot of traffic on the bridge, especially in the summer, there will be one lane of traffic in each direction as well as an emergency lane in each direction.

While the new bridge is being constructed, a temporary one will be placed on the south side of the existing bridge for cars and pedestrian use.

Preliminary plans for the bridge have been drawn up, but a final proposal is not expected to be complete until August 2004. The city's Department of Transportation estimates the cost of the new bridge to be $32 million.

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