It looked like one of the dramatic scenes from a movie set in New York. The famous Brooklyn Bridge was closed down for several hours as a crane carrying scaffolding scraped off more than 20 feet of protective shied from the bottom of the bridge.
The scene unfolded on Tuesday night as a crane pulled by an East River tugboat, Thomas Dann, slammed into the scaffolding protecting the Brooklyn Bridge. The clash ripped off more than twenty feet of scaffolding from beneath the Brooklyn Bridge. “The top of the crane scraped a containment unit under the bridge,” said Department of Transportation spokesman Seth Solomonow.
The canvas swaddling the bridge was placed about two years ago and is a part of an ongoing paint project. After the tug boat carrying scaffolding made contact with the bridge – it continued down the river without stopping.
New York’s Department of Transportation officials are already preparing for an investigation. Fortunately from the reports gathered, other than ripped scaffolding, no structural damage was sustained by the Brooklyn Bridge.
The Bridge was later reopened for traffic.