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MTA to close Henry Hudson Bridge lower level for 10 days

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The 19-month Henry Hudson Bridge restoration project is about to enter its 20th month, and with it comes more closures and detours.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says it will close southbound lanes the lower level of the bridge  during overnight hours beginning June 4, and running through June 14. That means all travel to Manhattan from the Bronx between midnight and 5 a.m. for every night except Sunday night will be impacted by the ongoing $86 million restoration project.

Instead, traffic will be detoured onto Kappock Street at Exit 18, directing vehicles to the Broadway Bridge. Motorists can then find their way back to the Henry Hudson Parkway at Dyckman Street's Exit 17 in Inwood.

The closures will allow the MTA to replace the last remaining sections of the roadway deck, according to a release — structures that are nearly 85 years old. Workers also are expected to remove columns and toll islands from the old toll plaza on the lower level, which they say will improve traffic flow and allow for a "smoother ride" across the bridge.

Officials have yet to say when work on the bridge will end, but it should happen no later than June, if the project remains on its original track. Work began in October 2017, and is designed to upgrade the bridge, which first opened in 1936. 

Earlier this year, Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz announced tolls for Bronx-based commuters would be rebated beginning in 2020, as part of a deal winning his support of congestion pricing in Manhattan.

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