Submitted by ub on Thu, 04/03/2014 - 18:05

Just because this recently installed traffic light is red, it does not mean construction has stopped. In fact, there is progress everyday and it appears that no one will allow anything to get in the way.

New York City Department of Transportation plans to demolish The City Island Bridge and replace it with a cable-stayed structure. The current design calls for a 150 ft (46 m) high tower, 13 ft (4.0 m) wide at the top, with a base of 26 ft (7.9 m). Vertical clearance above high water would be 12 ft (3.7 m). The new bridge would be located in the same footprint as the existing bridge, although it would be 17 ft (5.2 m) wider to accommodate three standard-width traffic lanes, a bicycle lane and a pedestrian walkway.

Some residents oppose the design of the proposed bridge and feel that its tower would be out of character with the low-rise homes on City Island. Opponents of the new bridge design filed a lawsuit against the city on November 6, 2013.

A Bronx Supreme Court judge granted a temporary injunction on that date. In December 2013 the court lifted the injunction, but ruled that the city must conduct public hearings. The court's ruling requires the city to follow its Uniform Land Use Review Procedure, which includes local Community Board hearings.

A public hearing is on for tonight from 6-to-8P at Borough President Ruben Diaz Office Room 308 on the ULURP ... Be there, if you want to voice your opinion and speak for yourself and stop others from speaking on your behalf... It's now, or never folks.