Today’s news:

Union Street Bridge out this weekend!

The Brooklyn Paper

If you were thinking of driving through Carroll Gardens to avoid the dreaded out-of-service F train this weekend, think again — the Union Street Bridge will be closed for repairs the next four Saturdays.

Beginning this weekend — and continuing for three subsequent weekends — city workers will fix the grating on the drawbridge over the troubled water of the Gowanus Canal between Nevins and Bond streets.

The work will be a relatively minor inconvenience — the Third Street and Carroll Street bridges are only blocks way, after all — but the announcement adds a bit of insult to injury considering that the F train will be out of service and replaced by shuttle buses for at least two of those weekends, and several others throughout 2010.

But some officials didn’t see the two closures as related.

“People who would ride public transportation wouldn’t be affected by a bridge closure,” said Craig Hammerman, the district manager of Community Board 6. “Maybe there will be heavier volumes of traffic on the Ninth Street Bridge, but it’s weekend traffic, which is nothing like during the week.”

Hammerman added that the bridge is due for a major overhaul in 2017 that would cost roughly $26.3 million. The specifics of that rehabilitation project have yet to be finalized.

A spokesman with the Department of Transportation could not get back to The Brooklyn Paper in time for its grating online deadline.

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al pankin from downtown says:
It's pretty scarry, if city workers are doing the job it probably is a job that could be done in half the time with half the employees a private contractor would need. one guy sleeps in the truck and the other one reads the newspaper.
Feb. 18, 2010, 4:02 pm

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