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Photo by Emily Nonko

It was supposed to be a mini modern marvel: an innovative zigzagging, bouncing wooden bridge spanning the BQE to connect Brooklyn Heights and Brooklyn Bridge Park. But less than two years after opening, the Squibb Park Bridge was abruptly closed because of structural instability. And it’s still closed.

Today, Brooklyn Bridge Park revealed that it is now suing the creators of the ultra-bouncy bridge — engineering firm HNTB, who are also building the new Kosciuszko Bridge — for $6 million over what it says is a faulty design.

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The new $5 million pedestrian bridge that links Brooklyn Bridge Park with the Brooklyn Heights Promenade has been closed since August 11, but it’s expected to reopen by the end of the month. Gothamist and the Daily News reported that the bridge’s wooden walkway had started to warp, and engineers need to adjust the cable tensions. Structural engineer Ted Zoli designed Squibb Park Bridge, which is made out of 100,000 pounds of black locust timber, bronze and galvanized steel. It first opened in March 2013.

Brooklyn Bridge Park Corp. had originally claimed it closed the bridge because of excavation at the Pierhouse condos underneath. Until it reopens, pedestrians have to walk through the whole park to get to Brooklyn Heights. Squibb Park, which sits underneath the bridge, is closed as well.

$5 Million Brooklyn Pedestrian Bridge Closed, Now Under “Intensive Monitoring” [Gothamist]
Brooklyn Bridge Park Pedestrian Bridge Closed for Nearly a Month [NYDN]
Photo by Gothamist

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Here is the very beginning of construction on the Squibb Park Bridge. Brooklyn Heights Blog noticed that space was first cleared for the pedestrian bridge a month ago. The bridge, which is slated for completion this summer, will connect people from Squibb Park, right off Columbia Heights, across Furman Street and down to Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier One. Here’s a rendering. Exciting!
Work Starting Soon on BBP’s Squibb Park Bridge, Pier 5 [Brownstoner]