Queensboro Bridge Closures Linger Day After Fire

The bridge is being repaired and the city expects lane closures through the weekend

Monday, Aug 19, 2013  |  Updated 11:02 AM EDT
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Queensboro Bridge Closures Linger Day After Fire

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Repairs are continuing on the Queensboro Bridge following a truck fire Friday that damaged a beam, and several parts of the bridge are expected to stay closed through the weekend, causing traffic delays.

Two lanes of traffic are open on the upper level for Manhattan-bound traffic as of Saturday morning, and three lanes are open for Queens-bound traffic as well as an outer roadway.

Drivers need to get on the bridge at the 60th Street entrance in Manhattan because the 59th Street on-ramp is closed.

The Department of Transportation said repairs to the beam and other damage would go through the weekend. Drivers are being warned to expect delays.

The DOT said it hopes to get everything back to normal by Monday but will not be able to say definitively whether that will happen until Sunday.

No injuries were reported in the truck fire, and police say there's no indication of an explosion.

The FDNY said the call for the fire came in just after 11 a.m. The cause of the fire was not immediately known.

The five-span cantilever bridge connects Manhattan and Queens and is more than 100 years old.

The fire caused major traffic delays Friday.

--Shimon Prokupecz contributed to this story 

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