Squibb Park Bridge
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Squibb Park Bridge

Squibb Park Bridge
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Squibb Park Bridge in 2013
Coordinates
LocaleBrooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn, New York
Characteristics
MaterialBlack locust wood, galvanized cable
Total length400 feet (120 m)
Height50 feet (15 m)

Squibb Park Bridge was a footbridge connecting Brooklyn Bridge Park and Brooklyn Heights in Brooklyn, New York City. It opened in March 2013 and was demolished in late 2019.[1] Designed by Theodore Zoli, it became known as a boondoggle due to various problems with its construction, including too much bounce and deterioration of its wooden timbers.[2] The bridge initially cost $4.1 million to construct,[2] but the cost of repairs ultimately ended up making the total cost $7.5 million.[1] Its replacement is expected to cost another $6.5 to $7 million.[1]

History

HNTB Corporation, the engineering firm of Theodore Zoli, was contracted to build the bridge by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation.[1][3] The bridge was announced in April 2012 and was constructed from December 2012 to March 2013. Its purpose was to let people travel from Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 1 to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade and Squibb Park.[4] Built from black locust timber supported by galvanized steel cables and mounted on concrete pillars,[3] it was meant to have some degree of bounce when people walked across, based on catwalks found in state parks.[2] The wooden design was meant to be a "stepping stone" for sustainable vehicular bridges in rural areas.[3] However, the bounce became more pronounced over time, and the bridge also began moving from side to side in an unintended way, worrying pedestrians. The bridge was closed on August 11, 2014 for repairs due to a "misalignment", though at the time park officials expressed confidence in the bridge's design.[5] The bridge remained closed for the next two years.[6]

More than two years after this closing, park officials determined that the bridge's design was "inherently flawed" and filed suit against the bridge's designers. The park spent $3.4 million on repairs to the bridge, including dampeners to reduce the bounciness. The lawsuit was settled for $1.95 million with no admission of wrongdoing.[1] The bridge reopened in April 2017, but was closed again in mid-2018 after the wood had started deteriorating significantly, despite the wood's properties as "extremely rot-resistant".[3] Retrofitting the bridge would have cost almost the same as rebuilding it, in addition to maintenance costs.[1]

The original bridge was torn down in October 2019.[1][7] A steel replacement, built with a similar design, is planned to cost $6.5 to $7 million.[1] The steel replica is expected to be completed by December 2020.[8]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Barron, James (October 29, 2019). "$7.5 Million 'Down the Drain': The Demise of the Bouncing Bridge". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Foderaro, Lisa W. (July 14, 2015). "Patience Fades as Squibb Park Bridge in Brooklyn Remains Shut". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d Bargmann, Joe (April 25, 2011). "A New Bridge Grows in Brooklyn". Popular Mechanics. Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ Carlson, Jen (March 21, 2013). "The Most Important Pedestrian Bridge Of Our Time OPENS TODAY In Brooklyn". Gothamist. Retrieved 2019.
  5. ^ Foderaro, Lisa W. (October 3, 2014). "A New Bridge Bounces Too Far and Is Closed Until the Spring". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019.
  6. ^ Foderaro, Lisa W. (July 13, 2016). "The Bridge Bounced Too Much. Now, After 2 Years, a Fix Is in Store". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019.
  7. ^ "Heights' quirky, defective Squibb Bridge has been demolished". Brooklyn Eagle. October 22, 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  8. ^ "Steely span: Bridge Park honchos unveil pricey second coming of Squibb Bridge". Brooklyn Paper. April 19, 2019. Retrieved 2019.

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