07-13-2018

Goethals Bridge Replacement Wins ENR New York’s 2018 Best Project Award

The Goethals Bridge Replacement project recently won Engineering News-Record (ENR) New York’s 2018 Best Project Award in the Highway and Bridges category. We were the lead designer for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s $1.5 billion project.

The bridge links Staten Island, NY, to Elizabeth, NJ, and includes twin 7,300‑ft structures with 900‑ft cable-stayed main spans, a five-span trestle bridge, and unique approach spans featuring three different configurations. The project included a weekend accelerated bridge construction roll-in replacement of five railroad spans for the Travis Spur. We enhanced safety conditions and performance reliability by meeting structural integrity, security, and seismic standards and reducing life-cycle cost.

We carefully addressed environmental concerns, such as preserving and protecting nearby wetlands, and contributed relevant Historic American Engineering Record documentation to the Library of Congress. The design accommodates potential future mass transit and incorporates smart bridge technology.

The ENR New York Awards honor projects in New York and New Jersey, which are evaluated on the ability of the project team to overcome challenges, the contribution to industry and community, and safety, construction, and design quality.

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