DOT to Close, Restore Landmarked Bridge in Gowanus

carroll-street-bridge-032613The Department of Transportation plans to repair the Carroll Street Bridge over the Gowanus Canal starting around April 1. The bridge will be closed to all traffic, including pedestrians and bicycles, for at least four months. The Carroll Street Bridge was built in 1888 and was landmarked in 1987, according to The Bridges of NYC blog, and is the oldest of only four retractable bridges in the U.S., meaning it rolls back horizontally on wheels over steel rails. The scope of work to restore it includes replacing the timber deck, restoring the expansion joints, and replacing stiffeners, angles and plates. The DOT will also clean and paint the structural steel, reset pavers, fix up the sidewalk, and install new timber curbs and rubber dock fenders. The work is scheduled to be completed in August.
Photo by the City of New York

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