City officials announced yesterday that they'll be closing the outer lane of the Queensboro Bridge at night, two weeks after an off-duty police officer was killed while driving down the exit ramp. That death was the third such fatality on that exit ramp in a period of three years, and authorities say they hope the overnight closure will prevent future fatalities—at least until they can come up with a permanent solution.

36-year-old Elisa Toro, a 10-year veteran of the NYPD, was killed earlier this month when she struck a guard rail on the exit ramp onto Queens Plaza South, tossing her into a concrete barrier and sending the car crashing into a nearby storefront. In 2011, an allegedly drunk driver similarly flew off that exit ramp, killing a pedestrian; a second similar incident occurred a week later, killing a passenger, and politicians urged the DOT to fix the exit ramp.

Now, the entire Queens-bound outer lane will be shuttered from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. nightly. "Drastic times call for drastic measures,” City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer told the Times. “People have been dying in the exact same spot in the exact same way. I don’t think we could afford to lose one more life.” That outer lane feeds into the deadly off-ramp, and officials say drivers tend to speed on the mostly-empty lane at night—all three deadly accidents over the past few years have occurred late in the evening.

But the closure may be only a temporary solution. "If this is the first step, it’s a decent first step,” State Senator Michael Gianaris told the Times. Both Gianaris and Van Bramer have been pushing the city to address the problematic for years. Gianaris added, "If this is all they’re planning on doing, it’s a problem."