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Brooklyn Paper reported today that just in time for spring, the Squibb Park Bridge will re-open.

Repairs on the long-shuttered, trampoline-like walkway that connects the Brooklyn Heights Promenade to the Brooklyn Bridge Park are finally finished, and park officials say they are just waiting on the paperwork so it can reopen, according to a rep for waterfront meadow.

The bridge has been closed since August 2014 after it was determined than a flawed design caused the bridge, which is a shortcut from Columbia Heights over the BQE into Brooklyn Bridge Park, to be unsafe. It was open for a year and half before the damage was discovered.

Fans of the bridge’s bounciness may be disappointed to learn that the repaired bridge will be “a lot less bouncy.”

And some readers and commenters of this blog, displeased by the foot traffic to the bridge, will also no doubt be dismayed at the imminent re-opening. According to Brooklyn Paper, Brendan Rees will not be among them.


“That bridge would change my life, “ said Rees. “It did when it was open.”

Read the full report at Brooklyn Paper.

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  • Bob Grobe
  • Jorale-man

    I saw a group of people in hard hats and suits at the bottom of the bridge last week. Now that it’s been so long, I wonder how long it will take for park users to rediscover it again – and will it ease some of the traffic on Joralemon Street?

  • http://selfabsorbedboomer.blogspot.com/ Claude Scales

    City bureaucracy has to act before it can open. Don’t hold your breath.

  • Eagle Eye

    So how long after the bride’s opening can we expect the disruption, noise and crime. Because that’s the exact history/effect of the bridge. And aside from the efforts at making the designers and builders responsible for the mega dollar remediation for their misconduct; what’s going to be the annual cost going forward to keep this destructive device “serving” our community……

  • BananaTuesday

    The “story” of this bridge is one that really upsets me about BK Heights. 1) The bridge was overly-priced and shoddily constructed; 2) it closed down; 3) is only repaired once the construction on revenue-producing property surrounding it is (largely) completed.

    So ever convenient and gross.

  • Reggie

    That’s one interpretation. Here’s another: 1) The bridge was intended to be a showcase feature and the price reflected its unique design. 2) Although designed by a highly respected engineer, the bridge did not perform and had to be closed. 3) The park administration took a very long time to identify and correct the problem, during which period the revenue-producing property next to the bridge was completed.

  • ws gilbert

    You sound like you work for the revenue producing property. Do you?

  • Greg

    I completely fail to understand the alleged conspiracy here.

    That repair work was deprioritized until rich neighbors were ready to move in? That step 4 is to close it off to the public? Or what?

  • Reggie

    I do not.

  • Eagle Eye

    So now we’re just supposed to sit here quietly and welcome a repeat of the noise congestion and crime this destructive device brought us in the past. Go ahead, cause more of the best most stabilizing elements to quietly leave or decide to “have a second home you tolerating all this rot just causes the best people to leave.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    If the “best elements” of a neighborhood leave it’s because they can’t afford the rent or because they want to be close to family elsewhere or something.

    If this bridge pushes out people who have a problem with the very wealthy and very cloistered, the very poor and in-your-face, park-goers, tourists, or a little footbridge that’s fun to walk on, this neighborhood will surely benefit from their departure.

    While I’m on the subject, this neighborhood has at least one or two white supremacists too many. Such denizens might prefer life in sub-rural Michigan or Idaho.

  • Quinn Raymond

    Glad to see the bridge re-opening. It’s really useful.