Crowdfunding campaign launched for New York’s first floating wooden bridge

A project has been launched on Kickstarter to to build New York’s first floating wooden bridge.

The "Timber Bridge" project, designed by Creme Architecture and Design, would connect Brooklyn, Greenpoint and Long Island City. It would consist of a floating platform and a pivoting mechanism that would allow it to open out from the centre to allow vessels to pass through.

The platform would rise and fall with the tide, protecting the bridge from flooding, while propulsion pontoons would stabilise the structure.

The Timber Bridge would cater to pedestrians and bikers, unlike the current Pulaski bridge, which is mainly used for cars.

This bridge is a part of a larger proposal, the LongPoint Corridor, which aims to cut the current walking time across the river from 12 to two minutes, and provide more green space for the local community.

The Kickstarter campaign is seeking $50,000, which will go towards funding feasibility research.

You can find out more about the project here.

Image courtesy of Kickstarter

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