Good news for North Brooklyn bicyclists: Work on the much-delayed Pulaski Bridge bikeway will start Monday, September 14. It might even be completed by the end of this year, Assemblyman Joseph Lentol told Streetsblog.
The highly anticipated bike path was originally set to open in 2014, but a series of delays relating to the contractor, design challenges, and funding held up construction. Last month, the Department of Transportation announced newly discovered drainage design issues would delay the bikeway even further, until April 2016.
The drainage design complications were fixed more quickly than expected, according to Lentol.
The bike lane will include a protective barrier to keep pedestrians and cyclists safe from motor vehicles. Currently, pedestrians and bikers share one narrow path, but the DOT plans to convert one lane of Brooklyn-bound traffic to a two-way bike lane.
In addition to making the bridge safer, the DOT expects improvements to ease Brooklynites’ access to Long Island City subway stations. New Citi Bike racks were recently installed in both Greenpoint and Long Island City.
Lentol: Pulaski Bridge Bikeway Construction to Begin September 14 [Streetsblog]
Pulaski Bridge Bikeway Coverage [Brownstoner]
Rendering via DOT