In Major Milestone In Raising USA Bridge - continued
Keith Chouinard, Senior Vice President, Skanska USA said:
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.
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 3.66 m (12-foot) lanes, shoulders, a median divider and a 3.66 m (12-foot) cycle and pedestrian walkway.
The gantry crane constructs one rope-supported section of the new roadway at a time.
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.