The new, 75-foot-wide entrance will be filled with many plantings, bike racks and seating.
It will be covered in a smooth blue pavement comprised of a heat-resistant material made from recycled glass and cement.
Kyle Sklerov, a spokesman for the city’s Economic Development Corp., said the plan would create a “more welcoming experience” for visitors while “improving pedestrian access to all of Coney Island’s amusements, as well the [New York] Aquarium and the boardwalk.”
The bridge, which many community groups consider an eyesore, would have cost millions of dollars to replace and is too costly to maintain, he said.
The city expects to raze the bridge in November after this summer’s amusement season.
The new entrance would then be completed by summer 2014, but beachgoers in the interim would still be able to reach the amusement district's boardwalk via local side streets or walking to the 125-foot-wide Stillwell Avenue gateway.
The project is being paid for with $8 million in city funds and $3 million in federal funds secured by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY).