Brooklyn-bound drivers on the Williamsburg Bridge will be stuck in traffic for three Saturdays in April and May as the span’s outroadway is closed for repairs.
Beginning on Saturday, April 16, those critical two lanes will be closed from 6 am until 6 pm so transportation workers can replace seals for the bridge’s expansion joints.
The construction work will cram the 29,284 drivers who typically travel eastbound during that period into the two lanes of the inner roadway.
The Saturday construction work will repeat on April 30 and May 4, unless it rains — then the lanes will be closed on Sunday.
Manhattan-bound lanes and bicycle paths along the bridge will not be affected — as work on the north outer roadway was performed last month and construction along the bicycle path occurred a year ago.
But drivers beware — Manhattan-bound lanes of the Brooklyn Bridge will continue to be shut down on weekends beginning this week, due to the city’s $508-million rehabilitation work.
Trucks that typically drive over the Williamsburg Bridge will be diverted to the Manhattan Bridge — potentially clogging neighboring arteries.
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