OCTOBER 13 – 19, 2016 WWW.QNS.COM 6 RIDGEWOOD TIMES Here's the detours around major bridge project on Ridgewood/Midville border There will be many roadway changes during DOT’s construction of the Metropolitan Avenue Bridge. BY ANTHONY GIUDICE AGIUDICE@RIDGEWOODTIMES.COM @A_GIUDICEREPORT It’s fi nally going to happen, but don’t expect it to be easy. Get ready to see a lot of changes at the intersection of Metropolitan Avenue and Fresh Pond Road — and detours around the area — as the Department of Transportation (DOT) finally begins work on the Metropolitan Avenue Bridge over the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) on the Ridgewood/ Middle Village border. One of the biggest changes drivers will see is that 60th Lane between Eliot and Metropolitan avenues will be converted from a northbound road to a southbound road. During the first stage of construction, DOT will place temporary concrete barriers down the center of Metropolitan Avenue to the middle of the intersection at Fresh Pond Road and north of the intersection along Fresh Pond Road. Lanes will be reduced to one lane in each direction on both Metropolitan Avenue and Fresh Pond Road, and a temporary sidewalk will be created through the old Mobil gas station to allow pedestrians access around the construction site. The contractor will be installing the shielding over the LIRR below the bridge deck. Once the shielding is in place, the bridge deck will be removed, any repairs to the underlying structure will be made, and the new deck will be installed. There will be 24/7 Traffic Enforcement Agents posted at these six locations around the area: The intersection of Fresh Pond Road and Metropolitan Avenue; • 60th Lane and Metropolitan Avenue; • Eliot Avenue and 60th Lane; • Eliot Avenue and Fresh Pond Road; • Eliot Avenue and 69th Street; and • 69th Street and Metropolitan Avenue. Viral messaging signs (VMS) to alert drivers of any and all changes and detours will be placed at Forest and Metropolitan avenues, Metropolitan Avenue and 64th Street, Fresh Pond Road and Palmetto Street, and Fresh Pond Road and 60th Avenue. Trucks and buses will not be able to make right turns southbound onto Metropolitan Avenue from Fresh Pond Road, while cars, trucks and buses will not be able to make left turns at the same location. Trucks and buses will also not be able to make right turns northbound onto Metropolitan Avenue from Fresh Pond Road. Buses and trucks will be prohibited from making left or right turns on Fresh Pond Road from Metropolitan Avenue westbound, while left hand turns for trucks and buses will be banned on Fresh Pond Road from Metropolitan Avenue eastbound. The duration of Stage 1 is expected to last six months, and Stage 2A is set to begin promptly aft er Stage 1 is complete. The DOT says it is their goal to have Stage 1 completed before the MTA’s work on the M train begins in summer 2017, which will involve shuttle buses traveling along Metropolitan Avenue. Map courtesy of DOT Rego Park man faces 25 years for allegedly killing mom BY ANTHONY GIUDICE AGIUDICE@RIDGEWOODTIMES.COM @A_GIUDICEREPORT The 21-year-old Rego Park man who bludgeoned his mother to death and dumped her body in a lake inside Flushing Meadows Corona Park two weeks ago faces 25 years to life in prison for the heinous crime. Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said that Roman Gorbunov was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court in front of Judge Peter Vallone on Saturday, Oct. 8, and was charged with second-degree murder, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, tampering with physical evidence and concealment of a human corpse. According to the criminal complaint provided by the Queens DA’s offi ce, Gorbunov got into an argument with his mother, Lyubov Gorbunova, 58, inside of her Rego Park apartment on Sept. 27. It is alleged that during the argument Gorbunov struck his mother in the head with a plate, then proceeded to attack her with a blunt instrument, fatally wounding her. Gorbunov then allegedly put his mother’s body into a bodybag and then into a garbage can. He called a car service to bring him and the garbage can to Flushing Meadows Corona Park, where he allegedly deposited the body into Willow Lake. Police discovered the body in the lake on the morning of Oct. 8. Gorbunov is being held without bail, and is expected to return to court on Oct. 21. Detectives from the 112th Precinct were joined by the Queens Homicide North Detective Squad in investigating this crime. Photo by Mari Estrella/ RHS NEWS Roman Gorbunov faces 25 years to life in prison for beating his mother to death and dumping her body in a lake in Flushing Meadows Corona Park two weeks ago.
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