OHL secures €212m project to work on Throgs Neck suspension bridge in US


Spanish construction and civil engineering company OHL, through its subsidiary Judlau, has secured a €212m project ($253m) from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority – Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority (MTA TBTA) – for the replacement of roadway deck in suspended spans at the Throgs Neck Bridge (TNB), New York.

Inaugurated in 1961, TNB is a suspension bridge with six lanes, three in each direction, and was constructed to reduce congestion on the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge, located in the vicinity.

This infrastructure connects the Throgs Neck section of the Bronx with the Bay Terrace section of Queens.

Work on the Throgs Neck Bridge includes replacement of concrete-filled grid deck with orthotropic steel deck within the suspended spans; installation of new median and side barriers throughout its suspended spans; and installation of new fire standpipes between the TNB Bronx abutment and the Queens anchorage.

OHL will also install new roadway lighting within the TNB suspended spans and Queens approach; remove and replace four suspender ropes; take up steel repairs; strengthen and paint the TNB main trusses and floor trusses and take up other associated work.

The Throgs Neck Bridge project adds to the list of bridge projects OHL has developed in New York, New Jersey, Boston and Virginia.

In 2018, Judlau was recognised by the New Jersey Alliance for Action for its work on the George Washington Bridge, one of the world’s busiest motor vehicle bridges and architectural icon for 85 years, as one of the 16 leading infrastructure projects in the state of New Jersey.

Until September, the construction order book amounted to €5,151.5m, of which 40% is attributable to projects in the US.

The new awards in the first nine months amounted to €1,824.1m, with projects mainly in the US (28.7%) and Europe (48.1%).

OHL has been operating in the US since 2006 and its projects include the design and construction of the Interstate 405 in California; the AirportLink and the State Road 826/836 Interchange in Florida; and expansion of the Interstate Highway 35 East in Texas.

Its other projects in the US include the Second Avenue Subway System’s 63rd Street and 72nd Street Stations in New York; dust mitigation work at the Owens Lake in California; reconstruction of the Woods Memorial Bridge and Revere Beach Parkway viaducts in Massachusetts; and construction of the Elgin-O’Hare (IL-390) expressway interchange in Illinois.


Image: The Throgs Neck Bridge as seen from Fort Totten, New York. Photo: Courtesy of Elipongo / Wikimedia.

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