When it snowed in New York City in January, the Verrazanoes got all the attention.
But there were other winter-themed sights along the Hudson River: a giant Christmas tree, the city’s biggest ever display of ice skating, and a parade.
The city, it seemed, was finally on the right track with its plan to expand a pedestrian bridge that links the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge to the Hudson.
But the ice skating parade was off the rails.
There was a shortage of ice, and many people in the city were just not up for it.
“The crowds have been really, really, very, very low, and the ice just didn’t seem to make sense,” said Michael Wills, a professor at Columbia University who studies bridge-building.
“People were just really, completely flummoxed by this.”
When the ice parade ended, a reporter asked a New York state official what was wrong.
“I don’t know,” the official replied.
“We have no idea.”
The official was talking to the New York State Department of Transportation about the ice-skating parade, which was taking place along the bridge’s southern edge.
“What I don’t like about it is that it’s not a real skating event,” said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.
“It’s more of a fun thing for tourists to do than a serious, meaningful event.”
The ice-racing parade was an easy way for New York to showcase its tourist attractions, especially its iconic Verrazans, and it helped bring in tourists.
But it also led to a lack of attention from traffic engineers, who were working overtime to make sure that the bridges were free of ice.
On Jan. 1, 2017, the ice was finally installed along the northern edge of the Verruckanoes.
Traffic engineers at the New Jersey and Delaware state bridges had to get creative.
“This was really the first time that they had actually put a real ice rink on the Verauros, so we knew that we had to do something to get the ice on the bridge,” said David Fiske, the bridge traffic engineer at the Verruggen.
He had to build a massive ice ramp and create some sort of barrier around the bridge to slow the flow of traffic.
“That was a real challenge,” Fiskel said.
“And we had a couple of really hard conversations.”
The bridge was also being used for an annual ice-laying contest, which draws tens of thousands of people to the city in mid-March and early April.
The competition was held on New Year’s Eve.
Fiskes was worried that the ice would be so thick that it would not be safe for the competition to proceed.
“In some ways, the competition is just a showcase of the city, but there are some really dangerous things that can happen when you do something like this,” he said.
The bridge’s icy ramp was also a potential hazard to other pedestrians crossing the bridge.
A couple of pedestrians were injured when they were struck by an oncoming truck.
Officials decided to move the ice ramp back and forth over the bridge, and then put in a temporary barrier to keep the flow moving.
But that did not prevent some pedestrians from crossing the street on the other side of the barrier, causing problems for others.
The barrier was so strong that it was nearly impossible to walk across.
Some people said they felt unsafe walking along the edge of that barrier.
“If you’re going to walk on the edge, you better have some sort a safety device on you to block the view of people walking on the sidewalk,” Fisa said.
Another problem was that the bridge was being used by drivers on the highway in the New Haven area, which means that drivers were often driving in the center of the bridge and not in the street.
That made the ice slippery and a potential safety hazard.
The ice was installed in the winter of 2016 to 2018.
In May of this year, the state Transportation Department and New York’s Department of Environmental Protection said that the frozen ice would have to be removed.
And it has not yet.
The next step for the bridge engineers is to determine how much ice can be removed and how fast.
The Department of Environment and Public Works and the New New York Bridge Authority, which manages the bridge that carries the Veruca Bridge, are working together on the process.
“As far as I’m concerned, it’s an ongoing process,” said Wills.
“There’s a lot of work ahead of us.”
The winter of 2017 saw more traffic on the bridges, but the ice rink was still not up to par.
“A lot of people would be happy to see it up and running again, but it’s still not going to be the same,” Fisk said.
As part of the safety measures, the bridges traffic engineers were given a two-