Brooklyn Heights Association President Jane McGroarty provides us with information concerning planned closures of the Brooklyn Bridge to Manhattan-bound vehicular traffic (Brooklyn-bound lanes and the pedestrian and bike path will not be affected; while work is being done on the side of the Bridge that holds the Brooklyn-bound lanes, Brooklyn-bound traffic will be re-routed over the Manhattan-bound side) while painting and repair work is done on the Bridge. Closures will begin on Monday, August 23, and will follow this schedule:
Sunday evenings through Friday mornings: closure will begin at 11:00 PM and end at 6:00 AM.
Saturdays: closure will begin at 12:01 AM and end at 7:00 AM.
Sunday mornings: closure will begin at 12:01 AM and end at 9:00 AM.
It is estimated that these closures will continue until sometime in 2014, when the work is expected to be completed. You can get a downloadable brochure that shows closure dates and times as well as detour routes here. Construction work on the Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges, as well as on Brooklyn and Manhattan streets used as detour routes, will be embargoed during closure times.
Addendum: According to the linked brochure, for up to 24 weekends during the four year construction period, there will be full 53 hour (11:00 PM Friday to 6:00 AM Monday) closures of the Manhattan bound lanes. In addition, single lanes in either direction may be closed periodically during off-peak daytime hours to allow preparatory work. Day-to-day information can be obtained through brooklynbridgeoutreach AT gmail DOT com or by calling 347-647-0876.