Bridges In Brief
Cyclists and pedestrians will have a new Williamsburg Bridge path to use by late spring 1998, when the newly constructed south walkway/bikeway will be completed. While the Manhattan entrance involves a long, steep cyclist-defeating staircase, DOT officials say the stairs are temporary. The final design is ramped.
One bridge downriver, the southside Manhattan Bridge walkway is virtually complete, although DOT will keep the path closed until April 2001. Officials say construction near the walkway, lead paint abatement on the bridge, and the incomplete Brooklyn Plaza Park entrance make the walkway unsafe. Design of the northside permanent bikeway is getting underway.