The city plans to replace the old bridge that connects the Q and F trains to the Coney Island beach with an $11 million plaza, the Post reports. The decaying foot bridge, which takes pedestrians over Surf Avenue at W. 8th Street, near the Aquarium, will be demolished; a new entrance to the boardwalk will be build at W. 10th Street, between the Cyclone and Luna Park, on top of what the paper reports is a vacant lot. The 75-foot-wide entry will include planters, bike racks, and seating. “It will be covered in a smooth blue pavement comprised of a heat-resistant material made from recycled glass and cement,” the Post reports. The bridge has long been considered a blight on the landscape, and officials say it would cost too much to repair and maintain. This new gateway would rival the one at Stillwell Avenue, near the termini of the N, Q, D and F trains.
The city plans to raze the bridge in November, after this summer season, while the new entrance would be completed by summer 2014. Almost three-quarters of the funding will come from the city, while federal funds secured by Rep. Jerry Nadler will make up the difference. The local community board is expected to approve the plan this week, and the city’s Design Commission is expected to do the same next month.
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