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Brooklyn Bridge Rehabilitation

  • Brooklyn Bridge Looking Toward Manhattan
  • Brooklyn Bridge at Night
  • Brooklyn Bridge Stone Tower
  • Franklin Arch Over Pearl Street

The Brooklyn Bridge, one of New York City’s most recognized landmarks. The bridge is part of the program which the client initiated some years ago to rebuild all of the East River crossings in order bring them up to modern standards. Skanska Koch has worked on all of the structures including the Manhattan and Williamsburg Bridges as well as the Triborough Bridge. The contract requires the reconstruction of the approaches and ramps in both Manhattan and Brooklyn. The project also includes replacement of approximately 600 bridge bearings and repainting of the entire structure. The lead based paint will be removed and handled in an environmentally-correct manner approved by the client and will be replaced by an environmentally compliant paint. During night time and weekend closures the project team will remove and replace sections of the roadway and restore the ramps to traffic.  Work is being performed on the approaches from both Manhattan, primarily from FDR Drive, and Brooklyn. The bridge itself has three lanes for traffic in each direction, while the ramps have one or two lanes. There is also a bike and pedestrian path. Since the Brooklyn Bridge is a historic structure special measures are being taken to preserve some of its original elements. Previously, Skanska Koch undertook an emergency contract to install the steel arch supports over Pearl Street in Franklin Square. This work was completed in 2000 to support the old structure. The Brooklyn Bridge was originally designed to carry horse and buggies and trolley cars. It is presently graded for car traffic only, not trucks. Although reinforcements have been added to strengthen it, it is still the only bridge in New York City on which trucks are not allowed. The last truck crossed the bridge in 1922.

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