The Ocean Avenue footbridge [/tag/ocean-ave-footbridge/] connecting Sheepshead Bay to Manhattan Beach has reopened, making good on the Department of Transportation’s promise that beachgoers would be able to enjoy it by Memorial Day. The 135-year-old bridge closed approximately 2.5 months ago [/ocean-avenue-footbridge-now-closed-following-weather-related-delays/] to allow contractors access and protect
The Ocean Avenue footbridge [/tag/ocean-ave-footbridge/] connecting Sheepshead Bay and Manhattan Beach closed this morning, kicking off a two-and-a-half month process to rid the structure of shipworms [/sheepshead-bay-foot-bridge-close-2-5-months-fight-worm-infestation/]. The bridge was originally slated to close at the beginning of March, but foul weather caused delays until today. The Department of
Contractors for the Department of Transportation were at the Ocean Avenue footbridge today, putting a layer of primer down on the 132-year-old span – the first time it’s been splashed with paint since the structure was rebuilt after Superstorm Sandy [/footbridge/]. It’s a welcome sight. Passing that bridge frequently,
Photo by Erica ShermanIt’s taken some serious beatings over the course of its 131-plus years of existence, most recently during the unprecedented swath of destruction unleashed by Superstorm Sandy, but after months of repairs by Department of Transportation contractors [/in-aftermath-of-sandy-footbridge-gets-much-needed-repairs/], Sheepshead Bay’s Ocean Avenue footbridge has finally reopened.
Photo by Brian HooThe Department of Transportation has been repairing the 131-year-old Ocean Avenue footbridge [/in-aftermath-of-sandy-footbridge-gets-much-needed-repairs/] spanning Sheepshead Bay into Manhattan Beach since the first days after Superstorm Sandy nearly destroyed it [/damage-report-manhattan-beach-brighton-beach-huge-flooding-landmarks-wiped-out/] . Now the agency tells Sheepshead Bites that the project is slated for completion by the end of
Strolling over the Ocean Avenue footbridge’s wooden planks has been the quintessential Sheepshead Bay experience for 131 years, but a Department of Transportation initiative will soon see the familiar timber ripped out in favor of new materials – a decision they’ve made without community input. For at least a