In what will be the largest capital investment in the East River bridges since 2010, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s 2017 Capital Commitment Plan has allocated $392 million for the project, reports DNAInfo. The Queensboro Bridge–the busiest of the East River crossings–will get $110 million, the biggest chunk of the project’s funding according to a report from the city’s Independent Budget Office (IBO). The bridge received only a “fair” grade in a recent DOT rating system (the Brooklyn Bridge got the lowest rating). The repairs will happen over the next three years.
According to the report the Brooklyn Bridge will receive an additional $34 million for painting and ramp rehabilitation; the Manhattan Bridge will get $33 million more for hazard mitigation and other rehab work totaling $127 million. The Williamsburg Bridge–which already has $280 million allocated for repairs in 2021–will be getting $40 million for hazard mitigation.
In addition to the Capital Commitment Plan funding, the Department of Transportation is planning a $353 million replacement of the upper level of the Queensboro Bridge. The rest will be for hazard mitigation (to protect against natural disasters), structural hardening, fire-suppression and security.
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