Infrastructure

Brooklyn Bridge

Rebuilding the Bridge

Recovery Gov Seal

The Brooklyn Bridge opened in 1883. At the time, it was the longest suspension bridge. It has been designated a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service, and a New York City Landmark by the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

Contract #6

Contract #6 provides for the rehabilitation, repair and re-striping of the ramps and approaches to the Brooklyn Bridge, to improve safety and reduce congestion along both the Brooklyn-side and Manhattan-side approaches, particularly from the FDR Drive. In addition, the entire bridge will be repainted to prevent steel corrosion.

Improving Roadway Access and Safety

Roadway Access

Under this contract, DOT will replace the existing roadway pavement, and rehabilitate historic arch blocks, railings, and masonry structures. At the exit onto Cadman Plaza, and on the FDR southbound roadway, DOT will re-stripe the existing ramps from one to two lanes to reduce bottlenecks and eliminate pinch points in traffic flow. DOT will increase the overhead clearance at the York Street arch over the BQE, which is currently lower than industry standards. DOT will perform seismic retrofitting at the Franklin Square arch over Pearl Street. On all the bridge approach structures on both the Manhattan and Brooklyn sides, the existing deck will be removed by lifting out sections and replacing them panel by panel with precast concrete-filled steel grid deck panels. This approach will greatly reduce noise from drilling and jackhammers, and will also increase the reliability of the start and end times of construction activities every night.

The first phase of Contract #6 is painting, which will take place in negative-pressure containment units that travel along the bridge structure. Painting will take approximately four years, and will prevent steel corrosion and improve aesthetics. Equipment has been placed on land abutting the Brooklyn tower, and will be placed on barges anchored to the Manhattan tower. All painting work is being conducted in accordance to the US Environmental Protection Act and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation requirements. Dust collection, vacuum and recycling units are being employed to minimize environmental air quality risks, and there is continuous air monitoring during operations. Noise generated by these units conforms to the NYC Noise Code standards adopted in 2007. Learn more from the Department of Environmental Protection

On the Brooklyn side, DOT will

  • create two lanes of free-flowing traffic at the Cadman Plaza exit
  • create additional overhead clearance at the York Street arch over the BQE
  • replace the road surface on all approach roadways

On the Manhattan side, DOT will

  • perform seismic retrofitting on the Franklin Square arch over Pearl Street
  • replace rusted railings and safety barriers
  • create two lanes of free-flowing traffic from the southbound FDR Drive onto the Brooklyn Bridge
  • replace the road surface on all approach roadways

DOT and its consultants will make every effort to post specific notifications about major traffic changes or other potentially disruptive events at least 7 days in advance via e-mail, Facebook, Twitter and Notify NYC. Please contact David Deberry, the Brooklyn Bridge Community Liaison at 347-647-0876 or brooklynbridgeoutreach@gmail.com with your questions. Download the latest project newsletter for more updates (Spring 2015) Download the latest project newsletter for more updates (Fall 2014) Download the latest project newsletter for more updates (Spring 2014)

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