Williamsburg Bridge roadwork will be hellish this weekend

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It is life imitating art — as the Williamsburg Bridge will be partially closed this month.

Two lanes of eastbound traffic on the span will again be shut down to traffic for next weekend, as city workers will be diverting Brooklyn motorists and trucks to the Manhattan Bridge or, worse, to Queens.

From 4 am to 8 pm over those weekends, city workers will be replacing an overhead beam on the bridge’s Brooklyn tower, which has been damaged by multiple impacts from commercial vehicles.

About two weeks ago, a truck entering the bridge from the Brooklyn side, clipped the overhead beam as it was approaching the onramp, temporarily closing the bridge and rerouting several MTA buses.

As a result, two lanes on the eastbound roadway were also closed for the past two weekends, as the Department of Transportation continued its repairs, which snarled traffic at both ends of the bridge.

The walkway and bike path will not be closed, as much of its construction work has been completed.

The repair work began just after author Gary Shteyngart held a reading for his new book, “Super Sad True Love Story” in Fort Greene.

In his book, Shteyngart’s protagonist nearly misses picking up his girlfriend from the airport because the Williamsburg Bridge collapsed.

Fortunately, for now, it’s just a piece of fiction.

Updated 5:19 pm, July 9, 2018
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