Hamilton Avenue Footbridge, Crucial Red Hook Pedestrian Link, Will Stay Closed a Little Longer

10/05/2011 4:31 PM |

This pedestrian bridge is only accessible to construction workers until the end of the month.
  • This pedestrian bridge is only accessible to construction workers until the end of the month.

Red Hook’s more-extreme-than-usual isolation just got extended with the New York State Department of Transportation’s announcement that the Gowanus Expressway-spanning Hamilton Avenue footbridge—which carried pedestrians between Red Hook and Carroll Gardens until it closed in early July for repairs scheduled to be completed by October 1st—will remain closed for most of October.

NY State DOT spokesperson Adam Levine tells Brownstoner that it became apparent shortly after repair work began in early July that more than three months would be needed to get the crumbling pedestrian bridge back in shape.

The span, which stretches between Hicks Street and Hamilton Avenue in Red Hook, and Henry and Coles streets in Carroll Gardens, is one of precious few safe pedestrian routes in that underpass- and overpass-choked area. Its exact reopening date hasn’t been set yet, but Levine maintains the bridge will be back in use before the end of the month. Meanwhile the nearby Smith-Ninth Street MTA station remains closed through 2012.