Workers demolished the long-troubled bridge over the weekend. | Max Touhey
The embattled pedestrian span was finally torn down over the weekend
The infamously bouncy Squibb Bridge is no more.
Workers tore down the beleaguered span over this past weekend—finally putting an end to the problem-plagued structure. All that remains of the $4.1 million walkway are support pillars protruding into the air, but soon a newly-constructed zigzagging span will be installed in its place.
In preparation, a crew dismantled and demolished the walkway between Brooklyn Bridge Park and the bridge’s namesake Squibb Park on Middagh Street in Brooklyn Heights. Curbed NY photographer Max Touhey was on site to capture the demolition.
Watch a time lapse video of the demo work below:
Eric Landau, the president of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation, told Curbed previously that rebuilding the bridge, rather than replacing unstable portions piecemeal, is the best method to ensure the structure is safe.
“We feel really, really strongly that having a functional bridge that doesn’t call into question whether or not it’s going to be open is paramount,” Landau said at the time.
The new footbridge will be designed and constructed by Arup, and will essentially replicate the look of the old Squibb span to the tune of $6.5 million—this is in addition to the original $4 million to build the first bridge, and $3.4 million more to fix it.
This time around, instead of black locust—typically a durable wood—that was beset with difficulties almost as soon as the bridge debuted nearly six years ago, the new span will be made of steel and aluminum.
The 450-foot path, which hovers over Furman Street, will utilize the existing support pillars from the old bridge and is currently being constructed off-site. It will be installed and open to the public by summer 2020, says Sarah Krauss, a spokesperson for Brooklyn Bridge Park.
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