Work on Brooklyn Bridge Park Pedestrian Bridge to Begin Next Month

12/06/2011 4:25 PM |

The Squibb Park Bridge. (Courtesy Theodore Zoli/HNTB)

  • The Squibb Park Bridge. (Courtesy Theodore Zoli/HNTB)

Remember that nifty wooden footbridge that was supposed to snake its way from Brooklyn Heights promenade-adjacent Squibb Park down to Brooklyn Bridge Park below? Well, seven months later, the Squibb Park Bridge is finally about to start snaking: yesterday the contract for construction of the footbridge was awarded to a Commack, New York construction company.

Kelco Construction Inc., the Post reports, got the $5.2 million contract to build the 396-foot-long pedestrian bridge, whose cost has increased from an original $4.9 million estimate, and whose projected completion date has been pushed back from summer to fall of next year. Construction is expected to begin next month. The bridge, which zigzags its way down from small Squibb Park, over Furman Street, between lots that will soon sprout condos and a hotel, to Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 1, will provide a crucial link to a park that many have deemed hard-to-reach from Brooklyn Heights.

In addition to the footbridge, Kelco received a $19.2 million contract from the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation for the build-out of Pier 5, including three multi-use turf sports fields, a playground and other features in that five-acre section.

During the meeting at which the contracts were announced the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corp. also mentioned that they are still hoping to bring a floating pool to the waterfront park. Which of course begs the question: why not make the footbridge a slide that leads straight into the floating pool?