How do you know if there's construction or a detour on the pedestrian walkway of the Brooklyn Bridge? In a nutshell, the pedestrian walkway to the Brooklyn Bridge will not be closed due to construction and repair at any time.
Pedestrian and Bicycling PromenadeWell, here's what the NYC Department of Transportation says.
The promenade will remain open throughout all phases of construction. However, in order to fully enclose railings and other components, the paint removal containment units will reduce the width of the path by 1.5 feet on each side. The narrowed area will be from 600 to 1000 feet long. For the safety of all bridge users, cyclists must yield to pedestrians in this restricted work zone. Cyclists may also use the nearby Manhattan Bridge bike path, which is separated from the pedestrian path and often less congested. As work progresses the units will move across the bridge until the project is complete.
Between May and August 2011, approximately 100 feet of the sidewalk along the east side of Cadman Plaza East just south of Prospect Street will be closed. A protected pedestrian walkway will be set up in the curb lane. This closure is necessary for pedestrian safety during rehabilitation and asbestos abatement work on the arch block directly opposite the staircase entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge promenade. The west sidewalk and the promenade entrance will not be affected .
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Partial ViewsBut one final word of warning: Even if the walkway is open, your views of the Manhattan skyline may be obstructed for part of your walk by the bridge repair work.
Authors note: The above is effective through Labor Day 2011. We'll keep you posted as we get updates.