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If you’ve noticed a heap o’ work being done around the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, it’s because the one-time title-holder of longest suspension bridge in the world is getting a few new coats of paint.

According to Courier Life, the $19-million paint job will take two years. To start, they’re covering the stanchions before sandblasting rust and lead paint off of the structure. The covering will prevent the lead from hitting the water. Then they’ll fix any damage to the steel structure before covering it with three new coats of paint.

The contractor is bringing barges to station around the bridge’s towers, not far from where the U.S. Coast Guard has created a 110-yard safety zone after local diver Gene Ritter found a stash of more than 1,500 sunken munitions.

Are you a local boater? Will the work on the Verrazano, combined with the Coast Guard’s “safety zone” be an obstacle in your trips through the narrows?

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  • Anonymous

    19Mill for the job, but how much of it is really going in to their pockets…

  • Gtokl

    Italian mafia would make good money.

  • Anonymous

    19 Million dollars, are you kidding me?  Give the job to a Russian contractor and he will do it in under a week for the price of Manhattan Beach house.  Unions pssssh.

  • Anonymous

    the tolls on this bridge are way beyond excessive; it would seem that regular paintings should be endowed in perpetutity

  • Anonymous

    the tolls on this bridge are way beyond excessive; it would seem that regular paintings should be endowed in perpetutity

  • Anonymous

    the tolls on this bridge are way beyond excessive; it would seem that regular paintings should be endowed in perpetutity

  • Anonymous

    the tolls on this bridge are way beyond excessive; it would seem that regular paintings should be endowed in perpetutity

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  • nolastname

    How about a little lesson in the history and the lives lost during the construction??

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