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Patch: Long-Awaited Queensboro Bridge Repairs Delayed, Angering Pols

UPPER EAST SIDE, NY — The city is pushing back its timeline to carry out badly-needed repairs to a cramped stretch of the Queensboro Bridge, dismaying two local lawmakers who call the delays unacceptable.

For years, the bridge's narrow, north outer roadway has been shared by pedestrians and cyclists, a claustrophobic setup that has led to numerous crashes. Following a major push by safe-streets advocates, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last year that the city would make the north roadway bikes-only, while converting the south outer roadway — which was car-free until 1996 — back into a pedestrian lane.

But the project is contingent on another planned overhaul: a replacement of the bridge's upper deck, which was originally slated to be completed by late 2022.

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