Formerly Bouncy Squibb Park Bridge Set to Reopen, Again, in Brooklyn Bridge Park

Rendering by Arup


The latest version of the long-troubled Squibb Park Bridge is set to open next week in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Brooklyn Bridge Park announced that construction on the new bridge has been completed and both the bridge and Squibb Park will reopen on Monday, May 4 at 9 a.m.

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The bridge on opening day in 2017. Photo by Susan De Vries

The bridge connecting Brooklyn Bridge Park and the East River waterfront to Brooklyn Heights has had a very bumpy road. It debuted in 2013, but closed in 2014 after reports the bridge was too bouncy. It finally reopened in April 2017 before closing yet again in 2018 when wood testing found unacceptable conditions.

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The new bridge under construction in early March. Photo by Susan De Vries

After the park sued the creators of the bridge, engineering firm HNTB, for $6 million, the walkway of the bridge was ultimately demolished in the fall of 2019 in preparation for a new version of steel and aluminum designed by Arup and to be installed on the original supports.

Always popular despite its problems, the bridge has potential to attract crowds on opening day. If the turnout is sizable, and even if people are wearing masks, there could be a bit of a wait to cross the bridge.

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