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We move to the area where the New York Connecting Railroad's right-of-way parallels the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (I-278) in Woodside, Queens.  Construction equipment is prevalent throughout the area.

The Brooklyn-Queens Expressway winds its way through the area.  This section of the BQE is being upgraded to Federal Interstate Highway standards, and the highway will be straightened out once the construction project is completed.  More from Steve Andersen's web site nycroads.com: "The expressway will be reconstructed, partially on a new alignment, from Broadway north to 25th Avenue in Woodside. The $267 million project, which is scheduled for completion in 2004, will include the horizontal and vertical realignment of the mainline along the CSX freight rail tracks, reconstruction of the roadbed, construction of 16 new bridges, and rebuilding of adjacent streets. New drainage, lights, signing and shoulders will be provided. Furthermore, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP) is working in conjunction with transportation officials to reduce air pollution by planting trees and other vegetation along the expressway. The tree-planting project will also mitigate the visual and noise impact of heavy vehicle traffic on area neighborhoods."

You can read more about the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway at: www.nycroads.com/roads/brooklyn-queens/

A view of the new ramp being built for the BQE.  The newly constructed New York Connecting Railroad (now CSX) bridge is seen in the background.

An old "Brooklyn, Manhattan" Expressway entrance sign on the corner of 70th Street and 37th Avenue.  The old sign is faded, and was probably installed when the expressway was built.  A classic!

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