Work completed on $204m expressway rehabilitation project in New York


New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that the work on a $204m project to upgrade a section of Bruckner Expressway has been completed on time and on budget.

The project involved the rehabilitation of a half-mile section of the Bruckner Expressway as well as six connecting ramps between East 141st Street and the interchange with the Major Deegan Expressway and the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge in the Bronx.

It has extended the service life of the bridge and reduced the need for future maintenance projects.

The project also involved the replacement of bridge decks, repairing concrete piers and steel girders, as well as replacing all bearings and pedestals.

It also included the replacement of barriers, railings and drainage structures and construction of new roadway lane striping.

Also, new LED lights have been installed along the expressway, on the ramps as well as at the intersections below the expressway at 138th, 140th and 141st Streets to improve the safety and visibility for pedestrians and motorists.

Last year, the state government had completed a $75m project to transform the Sheridan Expressway from an interstate highway to a pedestrian-friendly boulevard.

At present, the government is working on a $1.7bn project to provide direct access to the Hunts Point Market from both the Bruckner Expressway and the new Sheridan Boulevard.

Cuomo said: “We have made record investments to enhance the quality of life for residents of the Bronx and these new improvements will boost travel and commerce while increasing the long-term sustainability of this critical roadway.

“Coupled with other transformational projects across the borough, the rehabilitated Bruckner Expressway continues our unprecedented efforts to build back better for the Bronx and for all New Yorkers.”


The northern part of Bruckner Expressway a freeway in New York City, US. (Credit: Jim.henderson/Wikipedia.)

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