NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – People on the Brooklyn Bridge are getting a whiff of a foul smell, but it’s not the result of any foul play.

WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman Over The East River

It hits you all at once when you step out to a part of the pedestrian walkway that’s lined with a white tarp hiding the source of the stench, a massive $500 million repainting job.

Brooklyn Community Board 2 district manager Rob Perris says he’s gotten complaints. So, he took it to the Department of Transportation.

“They told me that they use the same paint on every bridge throughout the city and didn’t really have an explanation, but they agreed that the smell was stronger on the Brooklyn Bridge,” Perris told WCBS 880 reporter Alex Silverman.

As a former painter himself, Perris says, in an open air environment like this, it’s probably not a health concern.

The DOT released this statement Friday afternoon:

This work is being conducted in accordance to the US Environmental Protection Act and NYS Department of Environmental Conservation requirements. The paint has undergone extensive testing and neither the paint nor its fumes are toxic, though we will monitor reports of the paint’s odor.

Also, it is not unusual to receive reports of paint odor when this type of work on DOT bridge structures is underway. We are following the same procedures and materials as other bridges in this instance.

Have you smelled the stench from the paint job? Share your story in the comments section below!

Comments (7)
  1. Meme Meyagi says:

    what is done about 7 million mooslime terrorists living in usa?

  2. Rugbyball says:

    The price does seem excessive but I am assuming it includes removal of old paint and rust. Back in the day, no big deal, they let it drop down into the river. No a days they must build tents around the area with vacuum trucks that suck in this debris and prevent it from going into the environment, And if any of the paint tests positive for lead, and it probably does, then you have even more precautions that must be met. All of this costs money and all is required by EPA and there is no getting around it.
    But Half a Billion does seem excessive for one bridge.

  3. doinok says:

    I am sure the city could have had this painted much cheaper and helped the unemployed at the same time.

  4. sammy says:

    500 million dollar paint job?
    The city cannot find a better way to use money besides this and building parks?
    Geez……… no wonder we are sinking

  5. ted says:

    I walked across the bridge a week ago – no stench. Must have been the OWS fleabags stinking it up.

  6. Frank says:

    I ride my bike over the bridge and do smell the paint at one short stretch of the bridge. It is not a big deal but some people will make a big deal out of anything.

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