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Press Release #13-03

Seth Solomonow/Scott Gastel, (212) 839-4850

NYC DOT Continues Rehabilitation Of Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan-bound Traffic Re-routed

All Manhattan-bound traffic will be closed from 12:01 a.m. Saturday through 6 a.m. Monday morning to allow for completion of ramp reconstruction as bridge rehabilitation continues

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 this weekend, from 12:01 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12th to 6 a.m. Monday, January 14th. During this 54-hour closure, all Manhattan-bound traffic will be redirected to alternate crossings, including the Manhattan Bridge, the 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 Centre Street, following a contraflow configuration on the bridge itself. During this weekend only, there will be additional access to the bridge via the Park Row ramp from Frankfort Street during the hours of 6:00 a.m. Saturday, January 12th until 1:00 a.m. Sunday, January 13th and again on Sunday from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. These weekend closures will allow for deck concrete placement to be performed at Ramp F, from Exit 2 off the FDR South to Robert F. Wagner Place, and along the Brooklyn-bound lanes of the bridge at the Prospect and Washington Street structures. These operations are vital in bringing the bridge to a state of good repair. As with recent, related closures of the bridge during this project, all 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