Unionport Bridge overhaul would include bike lane

The proposed reconstruction of the Unionport Bridge has some residents excited and others groaning about possible headaches the work will entail.



Residents, NYPD members, representatives of the city Department of Transportations and community boards 9 and 10 met Tuesday for a public hearing on the proposed reconstruction of the Unionport Bridge.



Some neighbors are concerned that the work will complicate travel in the area.



The plan would install a drawbridge that lifts on one end connecting Unionport and Castle Hill to Throgs Neck, East Tremont and the northeast Bronx. The new bridge will have three lanes in each direction along with a sidewalk and, perhaps the most popular feature for residents -- a bike lane.



The current bridge was built in the 1950s, and experts say it needs to be upgraded.



And while traffic problems are likely in the short term, experts say once the work is done the bridge will lessen congestion in the area.


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