Ninth Street bridge to close nightly through October

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Do not pass Go-wanus.

The Ninth Street bridge over the Gowanus Canal will be closed nightly from April 24 through Oct. 19 for construction work on the elevated Culver Viaduct, which runs above it.

Commuters too scared to swim across the waterway instead should note that the B61 bus, which shuttles from Downtown through Red Hook to Park Slope, will make a detour each night from 10 pm to 6 am during the closure. The Park Slope-bound bus will reroute via Smith Street to Third Street to Third Avenue, rejoining the normal route at Ninth Street, while the Downtown-bound bus will take Second Avenue to Hamilton Avenue to Smith Street and pick up its normal route at Ninth Street.

The restoration of the Culver Viaduct, which carries the elevated F and G train tracks between Carroll Gardens and Park Slope, has dragged on for years.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced the project in 2007, and construction began in 2011, but the work has been mired in complications, including one contractor abandoning the project altogether. As a result, the budget of the restoration has ballooned from an original $19 million to a projected $43 million. Work on the Viaduct is scheduled to wrap up in October, according to the transit authority’s website.

Reach reporter Noah Hurowitz at or by calling (718) 260–4505. Follow him on Twitter @noahhurowitz
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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