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Civil | E.E. CRUZ/TULLY – BRONX-WHITESTONE BRIDGE QUEENS APPROACH »Six double-arch concrete piers will support new safety NEW YORK’S BRONX-WHITESTONE BRIDGE WILL SOON MEET 21ST-CENTURY NEEDS. BY JAMIE MORGAN n October, the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) announced the completion of the $212 million reconstruction of New York’s Bronx approach roadway at Bronx-Whitestone Bridge. The work included rebuilding 1,785 feet of elevated roadway and constructing 15 new doublearch concrete piers beneath the bridge to support wider lines and safety shoulders – a new feature for the bridge. The project is part of a complete overhaul of the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge. With the Bronx approach completed, the MTA is continuing work on the bridge’s Queens approach. It awarded this portion of work to joint venture team E.E. Cruz/Tully. The $108 million contract specifies replacing the 1,010foot-long elevated Queens approach with an entirely new structure, including foundations and six double-arch concrete piers to A New Approach I support new safety shoulders and wider 12foot lanes constructed from steel girders and concrete deck. “The original 1930s bridge, with its narrow lanes and lack of emergency lanes, was not designed for today’s traffic,” states Joe Keane, MTA bridges and tunnels chief engineer. “But this work, along with the Bronx approach project, will go a long way in transforming this bridge into a modern, viable regional link for decades to come.” The bridge is designed to meet modern seismic requirements and will be completed by January 2015. E.E. Cruz/Tully currently is constructing the fifth pier of the six specified by the contract. Once the piers are completed, Joseph Freglette P.E., E.E. Cruz project manager, says the team will begin erecting structural steel for the new roadway and it will be doing it in a very populated area. shoulders and wider lanes. Looking at Logistics “This is a major construction project that’s interwoven with the community,” Freglette explains. “There are residences all around in very close proximity to the project. Logistically, we have to really monitor the flow of traffic into the site and coordinate our deliveries to not overrun the roadways because space is such a premium here.” One technique employed by the construction team to reduce impact on the community was switching out the original pile specifications with auger piles. Freglette says the auger piles were chosen for ease of installation. “With the piles that were originally specified, it would have generated a lot of waste and water runoff,” he says. “With the auger piles, there is very little runoff and waste. It’s much less impact to the community.” Freglette describes this project as challeng- 170 CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2012 http://www.CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM

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Construction Today - November/December 2012
Construction Law
Best Practices
Hurricane Sandy
Marketing Strategies
Holcim (US) Inc.
Tampa Tank Inc./Florida Structural Steel
Rockwell Group
IVM Construction Inc.
Millennium Partners – Millennium Place
Paradigm Cos.
W.G. Yates Construction
Regalia Beach Developers LLC – Regalia
Marlyn Development and S.L. Nusbaum Realty – Heritage Forest Apartments
Chas Roberts Air Conditioning
Bellini Williams Island
Beal|Derkenne Construction – The Hub
Cedar Siding Inc.
Nibbi Bros. – Hunters View Phase 1
EllisDon Corp. – Surrey Memorial Hospital Critical Care
Turner Construction – Martin Army Community Hospital
U.S. General Services Administration/VCC – FBI Field Building
The Hayner Hoyt Corp.
Paric Corp.
Rotondo Weirich Enterprises Inc.
Advocate Christ Medical Center and Pepper Construction – Outpatient Pavilion expansion
Shawnee Mission Medical Center – United Excel – Birth Center
National Lutheran Communities & Services – The Village at Rockville/ARCH Consultants Ltd.
Harold O'Shea Builders – Springfield Clinic First North
Dewberry/Okland Construction – Western Regional Medical Center Addition
Kohler Ronan LLC
Graber Post Buildings Inc.
Tooz Construction Inc.
Bombardier Learjet – Facility Expansion
Rock Gaming LLC – Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati
Demar Plumbing Corp.
Metrolina Greenhouse
Rommel Cos.
W.G. Tomko Incorporated Contractors
Continental Contractors
Reliable Contracting Co. Inc.
Graham Construction and Engineering – Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade
J.R. Filanc Construction Co. Inc.
Pulice Construction Inc. – I-10 Prince Road
Ames-Granite – US 36
Tomar Construction
E.E. Cruz/Tully – Bronx-Whitestone Bridge Queens approach
TL Wallace Construction Inc.
CARCON Industries and STL Engineering
Last Look

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