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Brooklyn Bridge to get £347M facelift

The Brooklyn Bridge in New York is to undergo a US$500M (£347M) facelift, including a total repaint and repair of some the construction’s original features.

City mayor Michael Bloomberg and US vice-president Joe Biden marked the opening of the work, which is expected to be completed by 2014, yesterday.

The existing coat of paint will be blasted off by workers and repainted in enclosed units to prevent a fall in air quality, with the current “Brooklyn Bridge tan” colour being used again and the equipment to be used anchored to the bridge on barges below.

Roads which lead on and off the bridge in Manhattan and Brooklyn will also be updated in the project, going from one lane to two. Slabs of pavement will be installed in segments, and the steel decks on the approach ramps will also be removed in sections and replaced panel by panel with precast concrete-filled steel, to reduce noise from drilling.

Designed by engineer John Augustus Roebling, the bridge is one of the city’s most recognisable pieces of architecture. It was opened in 1883 after 13 years of building and at a cost of £10.4M.

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