The ramp will connect the RFK Bridge directly to the Harlem River Drive, which means cars won't need to drive on neighborhood streets.

By Brendan Krisel 


EAST HARLEM, NY — The MTA is moving forward with a plan to construct a new ramp that would connect the Robert F Kennedy Bridge to the northbound lanes of the Harlem River Drive, eliminating the need for drivers to take a detour through East Harlem streets, the transit authority announced this week.

Transit officials expect work on the ramp to be complete by 2021, the MTA announced. Once complete, the new ramp should eliminate 2,500 tons of CO2 equivalent emissions every year. MTA Construction and Development will take lead on the project because the RFK Bridge is owned by the agency.

"This project will have huge transportation and environmental benefits for the public, so it has to be delivered as soon as possible," MTA Chief Development Officer Janno Lieber said in a statement.

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