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Bklyn Bridge rehab work gearing up

Work is slated to start on the rehabilitation of the Brooklyn Bridge later this year and continue through 2014, Department of Transportation officials said last week.

Among the work slated to be done is the painting of the entire bridge, repair of stone masonry structures, replacement of expansion joints and installation of new steel barriers.

Additionally, the existing historical barriers will be rehabilitated and the reinforced concrete decks on the bridge will be replaced.

The project will also see upgrading and widening the ramps on both the Manhattan and Brooklyn sides of the famed bridge.

DOT will be taking measures to mitigate the effects this work will have on traffic on both sides of the bridge.

Among these measures will be the closing of one side of the roadway on certain nights and on 24 weekends over a three−and−a−half year period.

Brooklyn−bound traffic will always be maintained, but the bridge will be closed to Manhattan−bound traffic at times, DOT representatives told a recent Community Board 2 Transportation Committee meeting.

During these closures, the Manhattan and Williamsburg Bridges as well as the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel will serve as alternative routes to Manhattan.

Pedestrian and bike routes will remain open throughout the project.

A DOT spokesperson said bids are now out for the project and are due back by June 12.

The budget for the project is $382 million with $47.2 million of the money coming from federal stimulus funds.

CB 2 Chair John Dew said the bridge rehab work is necessary.

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