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MTA Bridges and Tunnels Construction Improvements

Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges

This $13.9 million design/build project will reconstruct the nearly 50-year-old Rockaway Boulevard Overpass under an accelerated timeline that will see work completed by the end of the year. Contractor John Picone Construction is building a temporary overpass structure. Once in place, traffic will be shifted onto the temporary structure and the old overpass roadway will be demolished and rebuilt. The old Rockaway overpass roadway was constructed in 1967 and must be replaced due to deterioration from being in a salty sea environment. Work also includes added a new galvanized steel superstructure, new bearings, pedestals, concrete median barrier and roadway deck. Brighter, long-lasting LED lights will also be added beneath the overpass and to all existing light poles. In addition to the overpass, the Jacob Riis Pedestrian Bridge, also built in 1967, will be rehabilitated.

Photos by MTA Bridges and Tunnels Alex Gad and The LiRo Group, Liz Beller

 

Existing Rockaway Boulevard Overpass with embankment work underway
   
Assembly of the temporary bridge overpass prior to launching it across the bridge Hooking the temporary bridge overpass to bulldozer before pushing it over the closed roadway
   
Rollers were used to help push the temporary bridge over the closed roadway The temporary bridge overpass being guided by the crane while being pushed over the closed roadway
   

The temporary bridge overpass after the initial 40-foot push
  Using a crane, the temporary bridge overpass is set onto the west abutment bearings.

Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

Upper Level Roadway Work

Contract VN80B of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge deck reconstruction project will replace panels on the upper deck of the bridge.


This work is part of the five-year, $237.5 million Capital Construction project to replace the bridge’s original 1960s concrete, grid roadway deck with a lighter-weight, longer-wearing orthotropic deck. Demolition of the upper level roadway began March 16, 2015 with the removal of the center median, followed by sections of the old roadway. Using giant gantry cranes, the new roadway deck panels will be put in place, welded and bolted together and a waterproofing membrane and new asphalt overlay applied. Completion date is the end of 2017.

Photos courtesy MTA Bridges and Tunnels/Tutor Perini.

Drilling Holes for New Orthotropic Deck Staten Island Side Span Installation of New Orthotropic Deck Staten Island Side Span
Drilling Holes for New Orthotropic Deck Staten Island Side Span
Installation of New Orthotropic Deck Staten Island Side Span
Installation of Temporary Finger Plates Upper Level Roadway – Brooklyn Anchorage Removal of Finger Joint Steel Upper Level Roadway – Staten Island Tower

Installation of Temporary Finger Plates Upper Level Roadway – Brooklyn Anchorage

Removal of Finger Joint Steel Upper Level Roadway – Staten Island Tower

 

 

Upper Level Gantry Cranes

These photos show Contractor Tutor Perini installing a gantry crane system to help install the new, lighter, longer-wearing orthotropic deck. The work is part of the five-year, $237.5 million Capital Construction project to replace the bridge’s original 1960s concrete, grid roadway deck. The gantry cranes are supported by temporary girders installed along the full length of the bridge along each side of the roadway. The $3.9 million gantry crane system was manufactured near Boston and Philadelphia, and assembled at the site during night-time closures.

Center Median demolition to prepare for Staged roadway  replacement Installation of crane rails for gantry cranes

Center Median demolition to prepare for Staged roadway replacement

Installation of crane rails for gantry cranes

 
Gantry crane cross beam being trucked onto bridge Erection of one of four gantry cranes

Gantry crane cross beam being trucked onto bridge

Erection of one of four gantry cranes

 
Lifting gantry crane cross beam from flatbed truck Connecting gantry crane cross beams to end supports

Lifting gantry crane cross beam from flatbed truck

Connecting gantry crane cross beams to end supports

 

The gantry cranes will be able to travel along the bridge servicing the work area with minimal impact to traffic

The gantry cranes will be able to travel along the bridge
servicing the work area with minimal impact to traffic

Workers installing the gantry crane power unit.

 

Workers installing the gantry crane power unit.

 

 

Photos courtesy of PDK Commerical Photographers for Tutor Perini/MTA Bridges and Tunnels. July 2014.

This 42-month, $84.3 million project includes the construction of a new Bus/HOV ramp that will connect the new Bus/HOV lane from the bridge to the Gowanus Expressway HOV lane in Brooklyn. In addition, two original Belt Parkway entrance ramps that connect to the main span of the Verrazano-Narrows will be rehabilitated and reconfigured. Construction of the new HOV ramp is taking place in open spaces on the Brooklyn side of the bridge. It involves constructing 25 new pier columns, ranging in size from 20 to 100-feet tall. Some structural painting and steel repair work are also included in the project. The project was awarded to El Sol, of Queens. The scheduled completion date is summer 2017.

 

Photos all courtesy of Ammann & Whitney Consulting Engineers for MTA Bridges and Tunnels.


New HOV Ramp Piers near Gowanus
New HOV Ramp Piers near Gowanus
New Ramp from Belt Pkwy to Upper Level
   
 
   
New Ramp from Belt Pkwy to Upper Level

New HOV Ramp Pier near Upper Level

New Ramp from Belt Pkwy to Upper Level

   

RFK Bridge Planned Rehabilitation Projects

Project Overview

Through 2019 motorists can expect to see plenty of activity at the sprawling, three-complex Robert F. Kennedy Bridge as MTA Bridges and Tunnels is spending nearly $1 billion in Capital improvements. The largest  projects  include reconstructing the supporting bridge structures at the Manhattan and Bronx toll plazas and rehabilitating and replacing the bridge’s seven ramps.

The RFK Bridge, which opened in July 1939,  includes three bridges and 14 miles of roadways that merge at a junction structure on Randall's Island where traffic is distributed to and from Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx.

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Manhattan toll plaza resurfacing

Some 400,000-square-feet of old asphalt at the Manhattan toll plaza was removed and replaced with a new, rubberized asphalt to help prevent water from seeping into the concrete deck. This $5.8 million project, completed in early 2012, provides a smoother riding surface for customers and will extend the life of the roadway until full reconstruction of the Manhattan toll plaza gets underway.

Before: RFK Manhattan Toll Plaza Resurfacing After: RFK Manhattan Toll Plaza Resurfacing
Before: Harlem River Lift Span Manhattan Plaza After: Harlem River Lift Span Manhattan Plaza
During: RFK Manhattan Toll Plaza Resurfacing After: RFK Manhattan Toll Plaza Resurfacing
During: RFK Manhattan Toll Plaza Resurfacing After: Manhattan Plaza Striped


Harlem River Drive Exit Ramp

The 12,000-square-foot Harlem River Drive southbound exit ramp, which leads onto the bridge at East 125th Street, was completely rebuilt. A temporary ramp was put in place while the 50-year-old ramp was reconstructed. The $12.4 million project was completed in December 2011.

Harlem River Drive Exit Ramp Harlem River Drive Exit Ramp
   
Harlem River Drive Exit Ramp Harlem River Drive Exit Ramps
   
Harlem River Drive Exit Ramp Harlem River Drive Exit Ramp
   
Harlem River Drive Exit Ramp Harlem River Drive Exit Ramp
   

 

The Manhattan/Queens ramp at the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge is a $50.7 million design/build contract to reconstruct the ramp which was originally constructed in 1967. The contract was awarded in June 2012 to Halmar International of Pearl River, N.Y., and its design partner, Hardesty & Hanover. The construction management team was LiRo Group of Long Island. Work was completed in August 2014.

Photos Courtesy of LiRo Group

 

Before

After

Before After
   

 

New Ramp Being Constructed

New Ramp Being Constructed New Ramp Being Constructed
   
New Ramp Being Constructed
   

 

Installing New Steel Beams

Installing New Steel Beams Installing New Steel Beams
 

Building New Ramp Piers

Building new ramp piers Building new ramp piers
   
Building new ramp piers
   

Demolishing Old Roadway

Demolishing Old Roadway Demolishing Old Roadway
   

 

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