The 112-year-old Grand Street Bridge in Maspeth, which connects Queens and Brooklyn, will undergo three weekends of repairs to fix underdeck stringers, according to the Department of Transportation (DOT).
The DOT will completely close the bridge to pedestrians and vehicular traffic — in both directions — between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. on the weekends of Nov. 7 to 8, 14 to 15, and 21 to 22. Variable message signs will be installed to alert motorists of the changes.
Metropolitan Avenue may be used as an alternative route.
This is not the first time — and probably will not be the last — that this bridge has been shut down for construction. For years, Community Board 5 and local businesses have been advocating for the reconstruction of the narrow, swing-span bridge that opened in 1903.
Back in 2013, the Grand Street Bridge was closed for several weekends due to repairs and maintenance, including emergency repairs for a loose roadway plate.
The full reconstruction of the bridge has been delayed until at least 2024 for many reasons, so commuters and local business owners will have to deal with sporadic delays and closures.