- The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has announced the $1.5 billion rehabilitation of the 50-year-old New York City Verrazano Bridge will take approximately 25 years, the Staten Island Advance reported.
- WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, MTA's consultants on the project, said the work — which includes upper and lower deck replacements and associated ramp reconstruction — will be broken up into phases so that the bridge can still be used during construction.
- The Verrazano Bridge connects the NYC boroughs of Staten Island and Brooklyn, and approximately 200,000 cars pass over the bridge every day.
Staten Island Borough President James Oddo said of the news, "This is daunting and disheartening, if not depressing."
The prospect of construction-related traffic delays on a bridge that is already jam-packed daily with commuters is certainly a disconcerting one, but MTA spokesperson Adam Lisberg said at a press conference announcing the plan that the bridge is 50 years old and needs work.
The upper deck work is already underway, the Advance reported, as well as other bridge-related projects, and some work, including the lower deck, is still in the design phase. The new lower deck will use lighter steel, making it 12,000 tons lighter — possibly allowing the addition of pedestrian and bicycle paths.