Well, this is certainly annoying. Residents of upper Gowanus who have been forced to walk north to Union Street or south to Third Street to cross the canal in recent weeks are gonna have to get used to wearing out their walking shoes for quite a bit longer; the Carroll Street Bridge is going to be out of commission until at least the end of August.
According to a sign posted at the construction site (below) the bridge is being “rehabilitated,” which includes the installation of a new timber deck, reconstruction of bridge approaches and sidewalks, steel repairs, cleaning and painting. Here’s a shot of the bridge in its current state, bridge open and docked in its west moor with all the wooden slats entirely removed:
If past NYC construction delays are any indication this thing will be closed well beyond the promised August 31st completion date, but we can always hope. The gorgeous old bridge was built in 1888 and is the oldest of only four retractile bridges in the United States.