Why was the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge closed Monday? The answer is blowing in the wind.
Eerie viral video posted on TikTok Tuesday shows the span’s empty upper level heaving up and down, and making a sound like a loud groan as wild winds blasted the Big Apple.
“My dad is an electrician and this is the video he sends me from the Verrazano Bridge yesterday during the storm,” wrote Tiffany Buccheri, who posted the clip.
MTA bridge officials closed the upper level of the Brooklyn-to-Staten Island span for much of Monday as the New York region saw wind speeds as high as 60 miles per hour. The lower level was also closed for about 45 minutes.
The TikTok video was accompanied by the caption: “If you didn’t have a fear of bridges already… well… you do now.”
But an MTA spokesman said the clip showed the 56-year-old bridge behaving exactly as designed.
“Suspension bridges – particularly the longest span in North America – are engineered to be flexible and any movements on the bridge were within its safety standards,” MTA spokesman Aaron Donovan said in a statement.
“The MTA’s weather event safety protocols were activated early and worked as designed with no structural damage, no major vehicular accidents and no injuries resulting from Monday’s high winds.”
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