NEW YORK – People who live in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn or near the 1.8 mile-long Gowanus Canal can once again enjoy a stroll through the Carroll Street Bridge where cobblestone paves the way to the historic passageway fashioned from wood planking.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded more than $1.9 million to the New York City Department of Transportation to help with repair costs to the Carroll Street Bridge after Hurricane Sandy’s storm surge flooded significant portions of the bridge, damaging the steel beams, motors and electrical control console.
NYC DOT used the funds to repair the bright blue crossing’s drive machinery, navigation lights, electrical controls and the motor that is used to operate a system of pulleys, cables and winch for retraction.
Carroll Street Bridge is one of only a few bridges in the United States that retracts horizontally to open for marine traffic (known as a “retractile”). The bridge first opened to traffic in 1889 and is the only remaining wooden bridge that carries cars in the city.