Brooklyn Heights

Report: Brooklyn Bridge repairs $100 million over budget

March 2, 2015 Associated Press
Brooklyn Bridge repairs are now reportedly $100 million over budget. AP Photo/Seth Wenig
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Records show that repair work on the Brooklyn Bridge is $100 million over budget and the completion date has been pushed back again.

The Daily News says engineers discovered over 3,000 new structural problems on the span, including cracks in steel beams and fraying cables. That new damage will increase the repair costs to more than $600 million.

The newspaper cited documents obtained via a Freedom of Information request.

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The 132-year-old bridge had been set to fully reopen last April, but was delayed for a year. The city Department of Transportation now says the work won’t be completed until sometime in 2016. The project was started in 2010.

Records show that many repairs have been completed. They include widening and refurbishing the span’s crumbling approaches and ramps.

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