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City secures $25 million federal grant to repair Brooklyn Bridge’s famed towers

December 12, 2018 By Raanan Geberer Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Eagle file photo by Lore Croghan

The federal government has agreed to pay New York City $25 million toward a $337 million project to repair the Brooklyn Bridge’s approaches and towers.

This is the first time such work will take place on the world-famous bridge’s Gothic arches, according to amNewYork.

“At 135 years old, our world-renowned and beloved bridge needs a lot of care, including work on her approaches and her soaring, majestic towers,” city Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg said in a statement.

The grant was secured as part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s BUILD program, which funds road, rail, transit and port projects, amNewYork reported.

The bridge, built in 1883, carries more than 100,000 vehicles on an average day, amNewYork said. Its crowded walking and bicycling promenade carries 4,000 cyclists and 10,000 pedestrians per day.

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  1. Roberto Gautier

    Great news … but wait! Will the work be done at night? Will there be serious controls over noise and the types of equipment used? Who has the contract? What is the estimated completion date? Residents at both ends of the Bridge suffered for years during the Brooklyn Bridge Rehabilitation Project because shifts started at 11 pm and went to 6 am and no Environmental Impact Statement was required. Will elected officials act to protect those living near the Bridge from sleep deprivation?