From the Daily News:
The reopening of a Long Island City bridge that was closed for emergency repairs is now being pushed back because of toxic sludge found in the soil around the structure.
The century-old Borden Ave. Bridge, which handled nearly 16,000 vehicles a day before it was shut down, was abruptly closed on Dec. 31 because of structural problems.
The city Transportation Department said it would be reopened within six months. But a pocket of contaminated soil was discovered during the excavation, an agency official said.
The petroleum-contaminated sediment was determined to be nonhazardous, but the cleanup is now rolling back the reopening to at least April 2010, sources told the Queens News.
Small businesses in the area which have already been hit hard by the flagging economy are expecting a further hit to their bottom line.