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Press Release #12-53

Seth Solomonow/Nicholas Mosquera, (212) 839-4850

NYC DOT Continues Rehabilitation of Manhattan-bound Lanes of Brooklyn Bridge

All Manhattan-bound lanes will be closed for two full weekends in October to allow for completion of ramp reconstruction as bridge rehabilitation continues

Due to this detour, motorists are advised to use alternate routes

As part of the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) project to rehabilitate the Brooklyn Bridge ramps and approaches, a full closure of the Manhattan-bound lanes of the bridge will be required for two full weekends, between 11:59 p.m Friday, October 5 and 6 a.m. Monday, October 8, and between 11:59 p.m. Friday, October 12 and 6 a.m. Monday, October 15. During these two 54-hour closures, all Manhattan-bound traffic will be redirected to alternate crossings, including the Manhattan Bridge, Williamsburg Bridge and the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel, an MTA-tolled facility. Brooklyn-bound vehicular access onto the bridge will be maintained via ramps from Pearl Street and Center Street into the contra-flow lanes on the bridge itself. During these weekend closures, there will be additional access to the bridge via the Park Row ramp from Frankfort Street available on both Saturdays from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sundays and from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on both Sundays. The work will also require the closure of the pedestrian staircase at Frankfort Street between 6 a.m. Saturday, October 6 to 11 p.m. Sunday, October 7. These weekend closures will allow for the restoration of two full traffic lanes on the Brooklyn-bound ramp adjacent to Pace University, an important effort to bring this critical piece of infrastructure into a state-of-good repair. As with recent, related closures of the bridge during this project, motorists are urged to avoid the area if possible and use alternate routes.

DOT has contacted other agencies including the MTA and notified drivers of the closure using overhead variable message signs on major roadways in the area. To accommodate detoured traffic, additional lanes will be available for Manhattan-bound motorists on the Manhattan Bridge. DOT will install temporary signs in the area and take steps to mitigate the potential impact of additional traffic on these streets by adjusting signal timing and coordinating with NYPD to deploy Traffic Control Agents at key intersections.

For information about DOT’s ongoing efforts to rehabilitate the Brooklyn Bridge, please visit