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The Grand Street Bridge will remain closed this entire week for urgent repairs.

UPDATED Nov. 17, 5 p.m., BY ANTHONY GIUDICE AND ROBERT POZARYCKI

After being closed for a week of repairs, the Grand Street Bridge between Maspeth and Brooklyn will reopen Monday morning, the city Department of Transportation announced.

The 114-year-old span over the Newtown Creek was shut down on Nov. 9 for what the DOT’s Division of Bridges described as urgent repairs. A notice provided to QNS indicated that the bridge would reopen in time for the Monday morning rush hour.

While the Grand Street Bridge is closed, all vehicular, pedestrian and bicycle traffic are being diverted to Metropolitan Avenue. Variable message signs are posted in the area to advise motorists of the changes.

Community Board 5 has long advocated for the bridge’s replacement, but the city has pushed back the project — estimated at $50 million back in 2014 — for a redesign in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The bridge has been frequently shut down on weekends in recent years to facilitate repairs.

The bridge’s narrow roadbed also makes it impossible for large trucks and buses to pass through it simultaneously, leading to delays on both sides of the span.

 

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