Work Underway On Squibb Park Bridge

We still don’t know exactly what’s wrong with Squibb Park Bridge, the fancy, new, bouncy pedestrian footbridge that’s been closed for the past seven months pending a $700,000 repair job, but we do know this much: the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation (BBP) is working on it. Earlier this afternoon (03/18), your eyes-on-the-ground observed two workers in bright vests conducting what appeared to be land surveys on the bridge itself.

Given the fact that they were standing on the bridge while surveying it, we hope for their sakes that it is indeed safer and structurally sounder than the lengthy closure would lead us to believe! At its last board meeting, BBP leaders said again that the bridge would reopen in the spring, but a more precise timeline is still lacking. We’ve reached out to the BBP to ask how the remediation/repair work is coming along and will update when we hear back.

Update: Brooklyn Bridge Park issued this statement to BHB this afternoon –

As reported last year, the bridge was closed last August due to a misalignment issue, and engineers are working to determine the cause of that issue and repair the bridge. Specifically, they’re pulling it back into alignment and adding additional braces. The work began several weeks ago, and is expected to be complete by late spring.

We know how much the public loves the bridge and we’re looking forward to its reopening.
We will issue a report describing the repair work once the work is complete.

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  • ujh

    Don’t discount the possibility that people “having fun” by jumping up and down, particularly in groups of more than two or three, to get the bridge swinging contributed to the loosening of cables and tilting.

  • ShinyNewHandle

    Or it was the pile-driving…

  • Andrew Porter

    There are numerous stays on the surface of the bridge, tightened and linked to the uprights that hold the side supports. I can’t see this reopening until the construction is finished on the hotel and apartments going up either side of this thing. Imagine the liability issues if someone were to be hit by falling construction debris.