On September 12, 2012, design advisors Modjeski & Masters presented, to CB11 and the Harlem African Burial Ground Task Force, the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority’s plans for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of three Manhattan approach ramps to the RFK (formerly Triborough) Bridge. The three ramps are the 125th Street off-ramp, the 125th Street on-ramp, and the ramp to and from the FDR Drive. This project is currently in the design phase with work anticipated to begin in 2014.
Historical Perspectives Inc. prepared a monitoring protocol: for work associated with two potential historic cemeteries know to have been located in or adjacent to the project site. Their report is attached below.
On May 21, 2013, Community Board 11 voted to support the proposed Full Embankment Alternative for the reconstruction of the RFK Bridge on-ramps from 125th Street (read letter to MTA Bridges here).
RFK/Triborough Bridge borings to commence September 12, 2013. On September 6, 2013, Community Board 11 was notified that, in accordance with the October 2012 Monitoring Protocol, approved by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, truck-mounted rig borings of split spoon sampling for the RFK (Triborough) Bridge Ramp Replacement project (RFK-RK23) will be starting on or about September 12, 2013 and continuing through October 18, 2013. The contractor will be performing subsurface borings sporadically, from approximately 7am to 3pm. during this roughly five-week period. As per the Protocol, borings in the sensitivity zone of the former site of the cemetery at East 124th to 125th Street and First Avenue will be monitored by a professional archaeologist from Historical Perspectives, Inc. (HPI) who will be on site whenever borings are conducted in the sensitive zone. To view the official notice and work areas maps click here.