Buttermilk Channel is a navigable waterway, and for Citizen Bridge to take place, it must be closed to boat traffic—that's why it's a very temporary bridge. The Coast Guard offered a 24-hour window for the project to take place. During that 24-hour period all vessel traffic will be re-routed around the western edge of Governors Island.
The Citizen Bridge team deeply respects the commercial maritime industry and working waterfront and hopes, in part, that the bridge will help celebrate these critical harbor interests as well as create awareness of the importance the harbor plays in so many facets of the city's daily life.
From the design of the walkway to the development of installation logistics, we seek to minimize impact of this project—an homage to the city's waterways—on those whose livelihoods serve the harbor.