A story in today’s Times confirms what many locals have suspected:
“…over time, the subtle bounce — part of the design — became more pronounced, then worrisome. On Aug. 11, the bridge, which is 50 feet high, was closed temporarily for repairs, officials said.
On Friday, however, park officials said that Squibb Park Bridge, which cost $5 million, would remain closed until spring as engineers continued to study its movements.”
Last month, Brooklyn Bridge Park officials said the bridge repairs would only take 2 – 3 weeks.
A BHB tipster emailed us recently with his observation and speculation about what could be the issue – could it be tied to Pierhouse construction?:
I noted the excavations on either side of the “Squibb Bridge” support beam below the stressed area on August 10 or 9. When the bridge was closed some days later it was only noted on the entrances to the bridge that it was closed with no explanation. About a week or so after that, it was explained that the bridge was closed due to construction.
Our tipster also observes:
[A] constructing contractor had dug two substantial holes right next to the support column directly above which could be seen the structural damage. These holes were filled with water, as that level is very close to sea level.
What is really the problem? In the words of a frequent BHB commenter, “we shall see.”
Additional reporting by Homer Fink