$119M project aims to cut down traffic headaches on Major Deegan

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Big changes are on the way to the Major Deegan Expressway to improve the ever-present traffic problems on one stretch of the interstate.

Commuters tell News 12 they are stuck in a nightmare heading north from West 161st Street toward the George Washington Bridge. But a new $119 million project is set to bring a new lane to that stretch of I-287.

Instead of having vehicles merge onto the Deegan from adjacent Sedgwick Avenue, they're making the side road narrower. So what is now the expressway entrance can become its own highway lane that will connect local traffic directly to the Cross Bronx Expressway ramps.

For those trying to get from Highbridge to the northbound Deegan, a new entrance ramp will be built on Sedgwick just south of the Alexander Hamilton Bridge.

The first year of the three-year job will be spent improving what's beneath both spans of the expressway before roadwork gets underway, when Department of Transportation officials plan to use the new lane to keep traffic moving during construction.

All improvements are expected to be completed by the end of 2022.

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