The Brooklyn Bridge opened in 1883. At the time, it was the longest suspension bridge. It has been designated a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service, and a New York City Landmark by the Landmarks Preservation Commission.
As with any element of the city's transportation infrastructure, the bridge requires periodic repairs and upgrades. The current round of construction and repainting of the bridge, partially funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will run until 2014. There will be overnight diversions of Manhattan-bound traffic, with traffic diverted to other East River crossings: the Manhattan Bridge, the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel and the Williamsburg Bridge. Brooklyn-bound traffic will be maintained over the Brooklyn Bridge. There are no scheduled closures for pedestrians and cyclists.
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