FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release #13-26
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 this weekend to allow for deck reconstruction as bridge rehabilitation and repainting 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, April 27 to 6 a.m. Monday, April 29. During this 54-hour closure, 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 vehicle access onto the bridge will be maintained via ramps from Pearl Street and Centre Street into the contra-flow lanes on the bridge itself. During this weekend closure, 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. This weekend closure will allow for the replacement of decking over the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway at the York Street arch structure in Brooklyn, an important part of the effort to bring this critical piece of infrastructure into a state-of-good repair. The span’s pedestrian and bike path will remain open, though the pedestrian staircase at Frankfort Street in Manhattan will be closed between 6 a.m. Saturday, April 27 and 11 p.m. Sunday, April 28. 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 www.nyc.gov/dot.