$920M Manhattan Bridge Rehab ‘Substantially Complete’ After Four Years of Work
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Four years and $920 million later, the rehabilitation of the Manhattan Bridge is now “substantially complete.” Crews will reportedly continue “final punchlist” work on the 1,470-foot-long span through the end of January.
The reconstruction initiative (Contract #14) began in January 2010 with the goal of repairing and replacing “vital” elements along the East River crossing. According to the LMCC, Department of Transportation workers replaced all 628 bridge suspenders (the vertical cables), re-wrapped the main support cables, upgraded the so-called necklace lighting, and installed maintenance platforms at the towers.
This particular contract is the latest phase in the overall Manhattan Bridge reconstruction project, which has been ongoing for the last three decades.
The Manhattan Bridge opened to traffic in 1909 after eight years of construction.