Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge to Have Safety Fencing Built

The sun sets behind the western tower of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in New York.  (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

The MTA Bridges and Tunnels will install a safety fence on the upper and lower levels of the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge suspended spans, intended to be completed by 2022.

The construction and installation will cost $32.8 million and is expected to be built in a little under two years.

The safety fences, made of stainless steel mesh designed to withstand high wind and environmental pressures, will span 28,000 feet.

“This is an important safety feature being added to this high-volume facility,” said Daniel DeCrescenzo, President of MTA Bridges and Tunnels. “The critical project required thorough analysis and testing to meet the structural and operational challenges of this major suspension bridge which is a critical link in the regional transportation network.”

The Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge, connecting Brooklyn and Staten island, is the longest suspension span bridge in the United States and Canada and handles nearly 70 million cars annually.