Today’s Headlines

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Larry Littlefield

    “A $150 million project to replace all of the vertical suspension cables on the 100-year-old Manhattan Bridge…All told, about $830 million has been spent repairing the bridge.”

    “After the cable work is complete, virtually every part of the bridge will have been replaced, except its towers, the main cables and the trusses that support them.”

    They’ve got some nerve threating tolls on a bridge that was built 100 year ago, eh?

  • Brooklyn

    After months of slowing and weaving around construction on both the Brooklyn and Manhattan sides of the north side bike path, the city will close it. Nice timing — did the left hand of DOT not know what the right hand was doing?

    At the very least, there is now a conceivably ride on/ride off plaza on the Brooklyn side of the south path, which wasn’t the case on the last round of north path closure. But that plaza funnels into a fenced sidewalk on Jay Street that will NOT accommodate peds and cyclists together. Get ready for another front of the war that started with the Brooklyn Bridge. . .

  • David_K

    Manhattan access to the south side of the Manhattan Bridge sucks. Drivers treat it like a highway entrance ramp, ignoring pedestrians and cyclists trying to cross the street.

    The north side will be closed to cyclists for 8 months. What are the chances that it will be closed over the summer? On the hottest days of the year the north-side path is a joy to ride, as its shaded by the upper deck for most of the way.

  • One-quarter of British households are car-free. This story from the Guardian also mentions places I’ve heard of, like Vauban and Groningen, but I wasn’t aware that three-quarters of households in Groningen are car-free.

  • The bike access improvements to the landings of the Manhattan Bridge were conducted by the Army Corps of Engineers, iirc. I’d wager DOT /didn’t/ know what they were doing, or at least lacked control over the timings.

    I bet this stuff’s a real bitch to coordinate, and I don’t fault them for the unfortunate timing.

    At least waterfront access to the Brooklyn Bridge will be ready by January, via Brooklyn Bridge Park piers one through six, sparing me both the Brooklyn Hill climb and the Tillary Street approach. Right? …right? *crickets*