AASHTO Journal, 16 August 2013
The New York State Department of Transportation this week announced the completion of a bridge renovation project in Westchester County in just four days through innovative construction methods, which cut the project construction time by months.
NYSDOT unveiled the $1.5 million Hutchinson River Parkway bridge renovation project Sunday, just days after beginning Tuesday. The department and its contractor, Harrison & Burrowes Bridge Construction, Inc., accelerated construction in order to minimize traffic inconveniences for the 83,000 vehicles that utilize the bridge each day by working “around the clock.” NYSDOT used customized, precast concrete slabs for the new bridge deck and ultra-high-performance concrete (which cures in 14 hours in comparison to the two weeks it takes for standard concrete). NYSDOT also saved taxpayer dollars through the quick project completion.
The bridge was completed through the state’s New York Works program, which focuses on improving bridge conditions throughout New York, raising them from fair to good condition to preserve them longer. The program seeks to bundle projects within close geographic proximity into a single contract in order to keep expenses as low as possible and obtain lower bids.
“Governor Cuomo’s New York Works program enabled us to re-deck this bridge now, saving money on costly future repairs and using creative planning to get the work done quickly and minimize disruption to motorists,” said NYSDOT Commissioner Joan McDonald in a statement. “We thank the public and the local community for cooperating with us on this important project and look forward to using this job as a model for expediting future work so that drivers can keep moving.”
Additional information on the New York Works program is available here.