New York City traffic just got worse. Starting tonight, the Manhattan-bound lanes of the Brooklyn Bridge will be closed for four years, from 11 p.m. until 6 a.m. on weekdays, midnight to 7 a.m. on Saturdays, and midnight to 9 a.m. on Sundays. Sorry, late-night Manhattan-going Brooklyners, Manhattaners who weekend-hop in Brooklyn, and Brooklyn-to-Manhattan cab-of-shamers: You’ll have to use the Manhattan Bridge while crews work on the repair of ramps and approaches, replace rotting pavement, and repaint steel, among other things.
Also, there will be a maximum of 24 full-weekend, Manhattan-bound roadway closures. Plan accordingly, because that could suck. But! The pedestrian and bike path will stay open.
The whole project, with an expected completion in 2014, will cost the city $286 million, with funds (including $30 million from the stimulus bill) coming from the federal government. Hundreds of New Yorkers will be employed by the project, according to Mayor Bloomberg.
This is the first major Brooklyn Bridge work in a decade, and it’s going to annoy us for approximately the entire time we were in college. Get ready to complain.