NYC: BROOKLYN 2005
Crossing Williamsburg bridge
In 1964, the bridge was in such poor repair that newspapers reported that 'rust rained down on pedestrians' and that the only fresh paint to be found was that on graffiti scrawled on by vandals.
In the 1970's, the pedestrian walkways were closed after a maintenance worker was mugged while doing his job.
The precarious situation on bridge became critical in April 1988, with engineers closing the structure for emergency repairs for two months after corrosion was found in the cables, beams and steel supports.
In 1991, a 15-year, $1 billion reconstruction project started.
Attempts to add toll charges to the bridge have thus far failed.
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