Opening elevated roadway marks major milestone in raising Bayonne Bridge

On Monday, February 20, 2017, our Skanska-Kiewit joint venture project team celebrated the opening of the new northbound roadway of the Bayonne Bridge. Connecting New York and New Jersey, the newly opened roadway sits 64 feet higher than the original—nested within the upper reaches of one of the longest steel arch bridges in the world.

After demolition of the lower deck is completed this summer, the new bridge will allow for a total of 215 feet of clearance above the main shipping channel below. The extra clearance is essential in accommodating “New Panamax” ships, which are the latest and largest generation of container vessels named for the newly expanded Panama Canal.

The project is believed to be the first time a new roadway has been constructed above an existing bridge span that also remained fully operational, allowing for traffic to continue underneath. It is one of the most technical engineering challenges Skanska has ever undertaken, and we take great pride in the commitment and ingenuity of our team.

“Skanska is proud of the partnership we forged with Kiewit and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on the Bayonne Bridge ‘Raise the Roadway’ project, which will soon allow larger cargo ships to enter the ports in New Jersey and Staten Island while also improving the iconic bridge for the travelling public,” said Keith Chouinard, Senior Vice President, Skanska USA. “This is the most significant milestone yet for all of the people involved in this once-in-a-lifetime project—and a giant step towards the project’s completion.”

Each year, approximately 1.5 million vehicles cross the bridge between New York and New Jersey. The completed project will feature a complementary southbound roadway and will provide drivers with a safer and more enjoyable crossing that includes 12-foot lanes, shoulders, a median divider and a 12-foot bike and pedestrian walkway. It also will offer the possibility of future mass transit options.

The Bayonne Bridge originally opened to the public in 1932. At that time, the now-famous Sydney Harbour Bridge was under construction in Australia. Closely replicating the design of the Bayonne Bridge, it measures just 25 inches shorter. To this day, the trusses of these sister bridges are considered two of the world’s most elegant arches, made of a sleek, high-strength alloy steel.

Read an article about our work by Engineering News-Record (ENR) here.

Check out more statistics on our bridge work here.

Watch a time-lapse video from November 2016 here.

The total length of the new bridge will be 7,159.5 ft. The main span remains 1,675 ft.

Our team removed all 152 steel cables supporting the old roadway and replaced them with shorter cables to support the new span.

The gantry crane constructs one rope-supported section of the new roadway at a time.

In 1931, the Bayonne Bridge was the longest steel arch bridge in the world when it opened. Currently, the Bayonne Bridge is the fifth longest steel arch bridge in the world.

Construction on the southbound approach expected to begin after the demolition of existing roadway in 2017.

The “Raise the Roadway” project is being done to enable supersized container ships that use the expanded Panama and Suez canals to pass underneath and reach local ports.

View of New York City from the span of the Bayonne Bridge.

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Building Bridges, Connecting Communities

With our joint venture partners, Kiewit and ECCO III Enterprises, Skanska is building the new Kosciuszko Bridge in New York City, with construction of the first of the two 275-foot towers that will support the main span complete.

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The first of two towers for the new Kosciuszko Bridge, next to the existing bridge. An identical tower will be constructed on the opposite creek bank and the roadway will run between them. At right, one of the two bridge approaches is also visible.

This will be a busy summer of work on the project. Installation of the steel girders for the main span’s new roadway deck and the cable stays that will attach the roadway is underway.  The portions of the bridge in Brooklyn and Queens that lead to the main span (the approaches) are nearing completion. And construction is ongoing on the sections of the bridge in Brooklyn and Queens that will connect the existing Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE) to the new BQE, which will cross over the creek.

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A rendering of the new Kosciusko Bridge.

The Kosciuszko Bridge in New York is one of the city’s oldest bridges, constructed in 1939 and spanning the Newtown Creek, linking the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens. As a critical artery for intracity traffic – the Brooklyn Queens Expressway (BQE) runs over it – the new bridge will carry traffic between Morgan Avenue in Brooklyn and the Long Island Expressway Interchange in Queens, requiring the team to reconstruct and realign more than 11 local streets in Brooklyn.

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At left, the northbound approach to the new Kosciuszko Bridge will provide a less-steep grade that allows traffic to maintain more even speeds.

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The majestic new cable-stayed Kosciuszko Bridge will transform the skyline between Brooklyn and Queens. It will also feature wider travel lanes, standard shoulders and a reduced roadway incline, enabling trucks to maintain a consistent speed on the bridge. New parks and open spaces in the local communities and improved waterfront access will also be part of the project.

For additional information on the project, visit www.dot.ny.gov/kbridge.

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Skanska USA is one of the largest, most financially sound construction and development companies in the U.S., serving a broad range of clients in the public and private sectors, including those in transportation, power, industrial, water/wastewater, healthcare, life science, education, sports & entertainment, data centers, government, aviation and commercial industries.

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Measuring the Impact of Light Rail in More Ways than One

When the Expo line opens from Culver City to Santa Monica in May 2016, it will be the first time in decades that passenger rail service will link downtown Los Angeles to the beaches of Santa Monica.

The Skanska Rados Joint Venture has reached substantial completion on the light rail project and, as people whiz by the notoriously slow traffic of the 10 freeway, they might find some of the “big numbers” behind this big project interesting.

The below infographic dives into a few of the construction-related figures that went into the project:

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To find out more about the project, check out our project link here.

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Skanska USA

Skanska USA is one of the largest, most financially sound construction and development companies in the U.S., serving a broad range of clients in the public and private sectors, including those in transportation, power, industrial, water/wastewater, healthcare, life science, education, sports & entertainment, data centers, government, aviation and commercial industries.

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