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Brooklyn Pedestrian Bridge To Reopen With A Little Less Bounce After Repairs

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- After nearly three years of repairs, a bouncy pedestrian bridge connecting Brooklyn Heights to Brooklyn Bridge Park reopened Wednesday.

The 450-foot wooden Squibb Park Bridge was shut down for repairs in August 2014.

The walkway, which opened in the spring of 2013, was designed to have a slight bounce, but overtime the bouncing became more pronounced.

"There were a bunch of really small changes that we made, but what they really did was reinforce the structural integrity of the bridge to make it much more stable," said David Lowin, vice president of Brooklyn Bridge Park.

The bridge was a long-awaited addition to Brooklyn Heights and residents are happy to have it back.

"It's just a beautiful asset to the neighborhood," a woman told CBS2's Alex Denis.

Between original construction and repairs, the bridge cost a total of $6.6 million and now the park corporation is seeking to recoup their losses.

"We are hoping to recover a majority of the cost to fix it from litigation so to keep it back in its original price tag," Lowin said.

If you walk across the bridge you might still notice a slight bounce on the bridge, but CBS2 has been told that it's absolutely safe.

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