Brooklyn Bridge repairs escalate by $100m

Repair work on one of New York’s most famous landmarks - Brooklyn Bridge - has run into double-trouble as costs escalate over budget by $100 million while the completion date on the project has once again been pushed back by up to a year.

The Brooklyn Bridge

The Brooklyn Bridge. Image by Salim Virj / CC BY 2.0

Experts found cracks in steel beams as well as fraying cables among 3000 problems discovered by engineers.

The Daily News reports that following a Freedom of Information request, they discovered that the add on problems will mean that the cost of repairs will soar from just over $500 million to more than $600 million,

CBS New York reports that the iconic bridge was due to reopen last April, but was then delayed at that juncture for 12 months. According to the city’s Department of Transportation, it now looks as if the project, which was begun five years ago, won’t finish until sometime next year.

Among the repairs successfully completed are the widening of the bridge and the refurbishing of its ramps and crumbling approaches.

The contractor points the finger of blame for delays on extra damage to the bridge and the reluctance by authorities to close the bridge for full weekends to allow uninterrupted work.

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