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New Delancey park pedestrian bridge is a step up

On the night of Sat., June 9, the Department of Design and Construction installed the new Delancey Street Bridge over the F.D.R. Drive.

Part of the East Side Coastal Resiliency project, it’s one of the new access points for East River Park and, according to D.D.C., “much larger and more accessible than the bridge it replaces.”


Sited just north of the Williamsburg Bridge, the smaller $32 million span weighs 125 tons and is fully A.D.A. accessible. At 215 feet long, it was manufactured in Italy and assembled at the project site, then installed by crane.

The installation started at 11 p.m. The F.D.R. Drive northbound and southbound between Exit 2 and Exit 5 was closed overnight to allow the work.

Lavender, then 2, was out of luck in December 2021 as the existing Delancey Street footbridge over the FDR Drive to East River Park had earlier been closed off with a new chain-link fence. Demolition of the southern part of East River Park was ongoing for the East Side Coastal Resiliency project. The old pedestrian bridge was later demolished. (Photo by The Village Sun)

The Delancey bridge is expected to open for use by Sept. 1.

One Comment

  1. Carol Frances Yost Carol Frances Yost June 25, 2024

    Oh, I hate the way the old East River Park, with all its beautiful trees, was destroyed!

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