Unwanted critters in water surrounding Brooklyn Bridge Park cause damage to piers

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Unwanted critters in the water surrounding Brooklyn Bridge Park have caused millions of dollars' worth of damage to the park's wood piles that hold up the piers.

Brooklyn Bridge Park is primarily built on waterfront piers and when those piers were built, they were held up in the water with timber wood piles.

Between the piers, there are 13,000 piles and 2,000 of them have deteriorated faster than officials would like, thanks to what are known as marine borers — marine life that eat wood.

A total of $50 million has been spent on the 2,000 piles that were already damaged by repairing it structurally.

The remaining 11,000 piles have not reached that point, so another $114 million is expected to be spent in the next three to four years as a preventative measure to encase the piles in epoxy -- a protective layer that is faster, cheaper and environmentally friendly.

The park's board just authorized the $114 million contract to begin that work.

The epoxy encasing will ensure that the park will still be there for generations to come.

 

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