Construction on Belt Parkway continues after major milestone

Construction on the Belt Parkway reached a major milestone last month when eastbound traffic shifted onto the newly constructed Gerritsen Inlet Bridge. 



The new bridge is part of an expansive plan that began in 2009 to replace and upgrade seven bridges along the Belt Parkway. 



Officials say all that's left to do for that part of the plan is to demolish the old bridge and finalize the approach from the highway. 



While the Gerritsen Inlet Bridge may now be complete, construction on the Belt Parkway is far from over. 



Contractors are continuing to work on what will be the future Mill Basin Bridge. The replacement bridge is expected to be more than twice as tall as the existing structure, which was built in 1940.



Drivers say they are tired of dealing with the traffic that the construction brings to the area.



The Mill Basin Bridge project isn't expected to be completed until February 2021.


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