JULY 31, 2015

Score one for the neighbors.

After an aggressive campaign by well-connected, well-funded Upper East Side activists, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration said on Friday that it would reroute a controversial truck ramp located three blocks north of Gracie Mansion, the mayoral residence.

The ramp, part of a soon-to-be-reopened garbage transfer station on the East River, had drawn the ire of neighborhood groups who said the expected stream of sanitation trucks would split a playing field and endanger local children.

It also became something of a proxy for Upper East Siders’ unhappiness with Mr. de Blasio, a Democrat who now resides in a neighborhood where he was defeated in the 2013 election.

On Friday, the New York City Sanitation Department said it would construct an alternative ramp that bypasses the playing fields and sends trucks along a service road by the Franklin D. Roosevelt Drive.

The ramp is expected to cost $30 million and take several years to build. The current ramp, by a residential intersection, would be active from when the garbage station opens, in 2017, until the new ramp is ready.

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