FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release #13-63
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 through most of the weekend to allow for deck reconstruction as bridge rehabilitation continues
Motorists are advised to use alternate routes; Brooklyn-bound traffic will proceed as normal
As part of the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) project to rehabilitate the Brooklyn Bridge ramps and approaches, full closures of the Manhattan-bound lanes of the bridge will be required this weekend, from 12:01 a.m. Saturday, November 23 to 6 a.m. Saturday, and from 9 p.m. Saturday through 6 a.m. Monday, November 24. During these 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 traffic will continue to access the Brooklyn Bridge normally without any lane reversal or adjustment to Brooklyn-bound traffic patterns or ramp access. This weekend closure will allow for the installation of concrete pavement and the removal of most temporary construction plates on the Manhattan-bound roadway, the latest steps in the effort to bring this critical piece of infrastructure into a state of good repair. The span’s pedestrian path, bike path and pedestrian staircase at Frankfort Street in Manhattan will remain open. As with recent weekend closures and previously-scheduled ongoing weeknight 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, an additional lane 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.