The 1899 City Island Bridge, which has been connecting this slice of NYC paradise with Rodman's Neck on the US mainland is about to have its iconic top come down. Meanwhile, there is an increasing fear of isolation and concern to some residents.
After years of haggling and foot-dragging, the time has almost come to say goodbye, as it is in the process of being demolished, due to its deteriorated condition. After 115 years of service, local residents will have to rely solely on the temporary bridge as the remaining section of the old bridge will be removed and sadly replaced by a not so charming structure.
A statement about removing the decorative Welcome to City Island sign from the City Island Bridge, which is over 100 years old is coming down any day now... Depending on the condition, the plan is to store the items, but don't expect a long-term plan for placement in the community, but don't hold your breath folks.
One longtime resident says he's not sure, but will be there to watch her top come down.
The bridge has been serving clam diggers & mussel suckers alike for over a century as well as visitors to the picturesque and quaint New England-like island of The Bronx.
Another local told City Images that if the temporary bridge gives out, hopefully, it would not be during the weekend when a regional visitor could get rowdy, possibly become agitated and cause havoc.
We also called Tutor Perini but have yet to hear back from them. http://www.tutorperini.com/
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PHOTO: City Island Bridge - HistoricBridges.org