The US city of New York will close all Manhattan-bound lanes of the Brooklyn Bridge at night from 23 August until 2014 for a $508m renovation project.

The lanes will be closed all weekend for about 24 weeks but the centre walkway will remain open, according to the Brooklyn Eagle.

Vertical protective shields have already been installed along the westbound traffic lane, marking the set-up of containment units for paint work to prevent corrosion.

The 127-year-old Brooklyn Bridge is one of three Department of Transportation (DOT) bridges in the New York area rated as “poor” in a 2007 state inspection.

Components of the bridge require upgrade and the ramps in Brooklyn and Manhattan will be rehabilitated and widened.