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Lower Manhattan’s Local News View as Webpage Higher, Wider, Handsomer Finalists Announced in Design Competition to Improve Pedestrian Access to Brooklyn Bridge On some weekends, as many as 15,000 pedestrians and 3,600 cyclists compete with each other and souvenir vendors for as little as 10 feet of width on the deck of the Brooklyn Bridge, creating an unpleasant and potentially unsafe bottleneck.

The competition, announced in February, was sparked by the fact that, after 13 decades, the Brooklyn Bridge may need some surgical enhancement.

The “Reimagining Brooklyn Bridge” competition invited both professional designers and members of the general public, including high school and college students, to submit ideas.

This competition follows a 2016 decision by the DOT to hire engineering firm AECOM to develop ideas about how to ease the Brooklyn Bridge’s chronic pedestrian logjam.

One option the agency deems viable is restricting the number of food and souvenir vendors allowed onto the bridge deck.

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