Wider Ramps, New Paint, and Earthquake-Ready

Monday, May 10, 2010 - 11:56 AM

As the director of the East River Bridges for the New York City Department of Transportation, Hasan Ahmed is overseeing the $508,612,678 rehabilitation of the Brooklyn Bridge.  WNYC’s Soterios Johnson and Karen Frillmann took a walk on the bridge with Mr. Ahmed to get more details about the work taking place on this iconic structure.  (More)

Seismic retrofitting?  Ramp widening?  Painting?  It's all happening over the next several years. And what exactly IS seismic retrofitting? Click the below link to find out--as well as hear Mr. Hasan describe the scope of work.




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WNYC Producer

D. Reynolds: Regarding federal money, the city received $30 million in stimulus money for the work on the bridge. You can see details on (unfortunately I can't link directly to the bridge information, but you can find it by going to the "infrastructure" section of the site.)

May. 12 2010 12:02 PM
Mexx from Manhattan

D Reynolds, you are right on point. I was shocked to hear the restoration will cost 1/2 a billion. I am not an architect or an engineer or a well connected contractor for that matter, but darn, this is an awful lot of money. Yes, my tax dollars at work or down in someone's pockets.

May. 11 2010 10:33 PM
Sheila Lewis from New York City

Fact: My mom, age 86, walked across the Brooklyn Bridge daily to Seward Park High School from Williamsburg, to save the then three cent subway fare. She spent it instead on a tasty sweet potato. Encouraging walking with healthy vendor fare might sweeten the deal in BB's new incarnation.

May. 11 2010 06:04 PM
Marie from Brooklyn!

The Brooklyn Bridge means so much to so many of us, it seems any amount spent to preserve would be worthwhile. However, having lived in Brooklyn for 35 years now, I wonder how much will be accomplished as the job drags on.
There are repairs to subway lines (the R being a glaring example) that go on for years at real inconvenience to the riders, with no stated finish date. In parts of Brooklyn we've suffered through water and sewer projects which were considered absolutely necessary and went through long periods of stasis. Since according to your report the work on the bridge will be done at night, I don't see how we can prevent it from becoming just another "make-work" project for the City.

May. 11 2010 02:30 PM
D Reynolds

OK you've got to be kidding! Over a half-billion to only cosmetically repair bridge and update on-ramps. Oh, and harden it against earthquakes because of that improbably occurrence (no significant damage from an earthquake in 500 years for the NYC area).

How about we call it monument or historic structure. Take the car and truck traffic off it and enjoy it by walking and bicycling on it. Then, build a tunnel instead.

It is time to start using money wisely. NYC probably won't get a federal grant on this one

D Reynolds

May. 10 2010 04:12 PM

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