Don’t leave town! FDR ramp closure will make it hell to get back to Brooklyn

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This just in (literally): The Department of Transportation has just told us that Brooklyn-bound drivers should avoid the Brooklyn Bridge at all costs this weekend!

The fabled span itself will be fine — but the always-snarled access ramp from the southbound FDR Drive will be completely closed from 11 pm tonight until 6 am on Monday.

The closure will allow workers to “continue the replacement of the existing concrete deck and the removal of temporary steel joint covers, which was begun two weeks ago but was delayed by inclement weather,” the agency said in a statement that we didn’t receive until very late on Thursday night.

During the 55-hour closure, the agency offered these recommendations:

• Motorists may exit the southbound FDR Drive at the Manhattan Civic Center/Pace University off-ramp (Exit 2), turn left at Pearl Street and right to access the ramp onto the Brooklyn Bridge.

• Drivers may also stay on the FDR Drive — which is likely to be a parking lot — to South Street (Exit 1), make a U-turn at the Whitehall/Staten Island Ferry terminal, and return to the northbound FDR Drive to the Brooklyn-bound ramp.

• There’s also the Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges, you know.

In addition to all this fun for Brooklyn-bound drivers, Manhattan-bound bridge drivers will notice that the Pearl Street off-ramp will be closed all weekend.

The construction is part of a $508-million project to rehabilitate the bridge’s ramps and approaches and paint its steel components to prevent corrosion, the agency said.

More on that paint, by the way, will show up soon on (not to tip off our competitors or anything), so check back. Enjoy the weekend!

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Updated 5:27 pm, July 9, 2018
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anaabdul from cobble hill says:
It's Hell to read this newspaper.
Nov. 11, 2011, 6:27 am
mike from GP says:
This $500 million project is also going to widen the ramps. It's a city DOT funded by the Feds.

So, remember this, bike haters -- DOT is spending half a billion dollars just to widen ramps on one bridge (which will do little for congestion in the long run).. all for you drivers who love to use a "free" bridge.

Meanwhile, the ENTIRE bike program has cost the City $2 million (the other $6 million is picked up by the Feds) for the last 4 years.

Just another reminder that despite the ceaseless whining and howling by car drivers over the DOT's supposed preference for bicyclists is completely ridiculous.
Nov. 11, 2011, 7:11 am
Mike says:
Or you could just take the subway, like a normal person.
Nov. 11, 2011, 9:07 am
Ace from New Utrecht says:
Thanks Mike! You took the words right out of my mouth. One could also say:
"or you could just take the subway like a normal New Yorker"
Nov. 11, 2011, 9:44 am
Gerry from Brooklyn Heights says:

This will be a traffic nightmare.

Lets hope this will be in the name of progress - the ramp is a slow ride most often.

I drive regularly up and down the FDR drive from my home on Montague Terrace and this ramp is a disaster.

Often when there are NO police in sight I drive down the FDR Drive South in the far left lane and CUT OVER FAST to get on the ramp my HUGE black SUV is imposing enough to others that i can get away with this stunt I cut off the long line of cars waiting to enter the ramp and i am on my way over the Brooklyn Bridge.
Nov. 11, 2011, 12:46 pm
Herb from Park Slope says:
Another possibility is to stay on the FDR southbound through the Battery Park underpass to the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel. Of course, there's a toll, so for many it's much less attractive than the bridges. Nevertheless, it is an alternative way into Brooklyn from the FDR, and it should be mentioned.
Heaven forbid that the City should make the Tunnel's Brooklyn-bound lanes toll-free for this weekend.
Nov. 11, 2011, 12:50 pm
henry ford from bay ridge says:
Enjoy that 2 hour subway ride into the city this weekend. I'll be there in 15 minutes in my car.
Nov. 11, 2011, 1:19 pm
Mike says:
2 hours? Seriously? Try 10 minutes. And you may get there in 15 minutes in your car, but it'll take you 30 to find parking and could easily take an hour to get back if there's any traffic at all.

Nov. 11, 2011, 1:37 pm
henry ford from bay ridge says:
10 minutes to the city? From Brooklyn Heights perhaps.

I was more than happy taking the express bus into the city on weekends, but since that is no longer an option, I'll take my chances on trying to find parking.
Nov. 11, 2011, 2:43 pm
Andrew from Williamsburg says:

The City doesn't have the authority to do that. Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel is operated by the MTA, not NYC DOT. The DOT doesn't operate any tolled bridges/tunnels.
Nov. 12, 2011, 2:11 pm

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