The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced the completion of reconstruction of the Brooklyn upper level approach ramp to the bridge from the Gowanus Expressway. The work improves access to the bridge’s upper level as part of a US$143 million project.

More work remains to reconstruct the upper level roadways over the Brooklyn and Staten Island anchorages, but MTA said that the early completion of the current stage of work is a significant achievement.

Other recent milestones have included October’s completion of a fourth lane to the bridge’s eastbound Gowanus approach.

The project to reconstruct the upper level approaches and anchorage roadways features a full replacement of 1960s-era concrete decks and barriers. The newly installed deck and barrier is made of more durable concrete and corrosion-resistant reinforcement to achieve a service life of 75 years.  In addition, the new deck has been designed with fewer joints for a smoother ride and reduced long-term maintenance needs.