Throgs Neck Bridge closed by construction fire
By Peter Samuel
Throgs Neck Bridge between Bronx and Queens NY City was closed much of today by a fire that raged in construction materials and temporary works that are part of a deck replacement project. The fire broke out about 5am, an hour after a night construction shift ended.
It took over a hundred firefighters and river pump boats about 8 hours to extinguish the blaze and the bridge was completely closed to traffic during the morning. Motorists had to find their way to the Triborough/RFK and Whitestone bridges on either side of the Throgs.
The bridge was partially reopened during the afternoon. The redecking project is supposed to be complete by 2011, and it is unclear how much the fire will set the project back.
No one was seriously hurt in the blaze which produced a lot of black smoke over Long Island Sound.
Throgs Neck Bridge built in 1961 is a suspension bridge with 6 lanes and carries 110k veh/day.