More than eight months ago, Squibb Park Bridge, the bouncy wooden walkway that leads from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade to Brooklyn Bridge Park, was shut down for being too bouncy. Officials cited safety issues and said the bridge would be closed until spring, but have not yet given a full report as to what went wrong, irking park-goers and local officials. After all, the 400-foot-long bridge cost an incredible $5 million to build, yet it was only open for 17 months before problems caused it to close. Now the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reports that after a push for transparency led by State Senator Daniel Squadron, the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation will release a full report on what went wrong... "at the appropriate time."
The repairs, which are still ongoing, cost $700,000 and were paid for by the Corporation. Squadron also urged the corporation to do everything possible to recoup the $700,000 from "responsible parties" given "the significant controversy around the Corporation's financial model."
UPDATE: Reps for the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation sent along the following statement: "Any attempt to take credit for work done through our Board process is grandstanding, plain and simple. As we committed to our Board on February 26, we fully intend to investigate the cause of bridge misalignment, seek to recover repair costs, and issue a report on the repairs."
· Brooklyn Bridge Park commits to pursuing $700,000 cost to repair 'bouncy' Squibb Bridge [BK Eagle]
· Bouncy Squibb Park Bridge Closed For Being Too Bouncy [Curbed]