Safety inspections along the Fire Island Inlet Bridge start Friday, Sept. 9, and will reduce traffic along the span to one lane, according to the state Department of Transportation.

The single lane operation will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday for about two weeks, weather permitting.

Southbound drivers will be stopped for a brief period while northbound drivers use the single lane; then the northbound drivers will have their turn to use the lane, alternating back and forth, officials explained.

The Fire Island Inlet’s main channel will remain opened to mariners.  

The available lane is also available at all times to emergency vehicles looking to cross the Robert Moses Causeway.

This traffic alert comes on the heels of an announcement last week of repairs that will slow traffic on the drawbridge, also along on the Robert Moses Causeway, that could last until the end of 2016.

Click here for more details on the drawbridge construction.

The drawbridge and Fire Island Inlet Bridge are both more than 50 years old, DOT officials said.

Fire Island Inlet Bridge photo by Mike Busch.

For real-time travel information motorists should call 511 or visit, New York official traffic and travel information source.