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For Immediate Release: July 28, 2014
$415 Million Project Rejuvenated Critical Bridge
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced completion of the $415 million project to rehabilitate the Alexander Hamilton Bridge, which carries eight lanes of Interstate 95 traffic over the Harlem River between the Boroughs of Manhattan and the Bronx, linking the George Washington Bridge and the Cross Bronx Expressway. The bridge originally opened to traffic in January 1963.
“The Alexander Hamilton Bridge is a vital connection for the thousands of commuters and shipping trucks that travel up and down the East Coast every day,” Governor Cuomo said. “Rehabilitating this bridge rejuvenated a major link in the New York metropolitan area’s transportation infrastructure, leading to enhanced mobility throughout the region, improved safety and a structure that will endure for generations.”
New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Commissioner Joan McDonald said, “Governor Cuomo knows the importance of keeping people and goods moving to support economic growth. This complex and challenging bridge improvement project was completed on time and within budget, all while keeping 190,000 vehicles a day traveling over the bridge and its many ramps.”
The federally funded reconstruction project, which got underway in 2009, replaced the deck pavement on the 1,525-foot bridge and repaired the 505-foot steel arch main span. Highway shoulders were added in both directions of traffic to allow room for stalled vehicles and the steel superstructure was retrofitted and painted. The project also eliminated and replaced pavement joints in the bridge deck and replaced bearings, drainage components, overhead sign structures and highway lighting.
In addition, the ramp from the eastbound Trans-Manhattan Expressway to the Washington Bridge, which connects local traffic to the Bronx, was replaced with a steel box girder bridge. Other project work included replacement of the Undercliff Avenue Bridge and the rehabilitation of the ramps that make up the Highbridge Interchange between the Cross Bronx and Major Deegan Expressways in Bronx County.
The contract also included $20 million in enhancements to Highbridge Park. Improvements were made to the Quisqueya and City Parks Foundation playgrounds along Amsterdam Avenue, and a new 25,000 square foot skateboard park was constructed at the base of the bridge. Other park improvements included plantings and the rehabilitation of stairs, brick walls and walking paths.
By the numbers, the Alexander Hamilton Bridge rehabilitation project is the second largest single contract construction project ever undertaken by NYSDOT. It is second only to the $555 million first phase of the project underway to replace the Kosciuszko Bridge between Brooklyn and Queens.
The Alexander Hamilton Bridge project installed more than 8 million pounds of steel and 17,300 cubic yards of concrete. In addition, about 800,000 square feet of surface steel was painted on the more than five-mile length of the bridge and its ramps. The project also replaced 45,000 rivets, set down more than two miles of new safety barriers and installed 25 miles of cable for new street lighting.
Congressman Charles Rangel said, "These vital investments in upgrading our aging infrastructure are absolutely critical to improving our economy and the quality of life of new Yorkers. I applaud Governor Cuomo's strong commitment and leadership in leading the nation on allocating proper resources to meet the demands of the 21st century."
Congresswoman Nita Lowey said, “Rehabilitation of the Alexander Hamilton Bridge not only means that drivers will spend less time in traffic and more time with their families, it continues our commitment to commerce and economic growth that create jobs. As the Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee, I have fought for additional funding and tools to upgrade our nation’s crumbling infrastructure, and I will continue to work with Governor Cuomo to ensure New York’s infrastructure receives the resources it needs.”
Congressman Jose E. Serrano said, “I congratulate the Governor as well as the State Department of Transportation on completing this federally funded project. The rehabilitation of the Alexander Hamilton Bridge, its connections to the Major Deegan Expressway, and the replacement of the Undercliff Avenue Bridge will help bring additional commerce to the Bronx, and will reduce idling traffic on our local streets and highways. It is also important to note that the project also included significant funding to help upgrade Highbridge Park, which further helps our Bronx community. All of these benefits show the importance of federal funding to improving the Bronx.”
Congressman Jerold Nadler said, “The completion of the rehabilitation of the Alexander Hamilton Bridge is an important step for improving the transportation infrastructure throughout New York and the entire region. This upgraded bridge will support our local economy and improve the safety of the drivers who travel across the Alexander Hamilton Bridge every day. This project is only one great example of what can be done if Congress decided to robustly fund projects to address the needs of our nation’s crumbling transportation infrastructure.”
Senator José M. Serrano said, “As the representative of a district that spans parts of the Bronx and Manhattan, I have a unique understanding of the importance of the Alexander Hamilton Bridge. In addition to improving on an essential connection between the two boroughs, the completion of this project also greatly improves the safety of the Highbridge Interchange, which connects the Cross Bronx and Major Deegan Expressways. Many thanks to Governor Cuomo and the Department of Transportation for the on-time and efficient completion of these essential renovations.”
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. said, "The Alexander Hamilton Bridge is a key transportation component not just in The Bronx, but for the entire region. This crucial project rebuilt a major span, and we will see significant benefits from this rehabilitation throughout the City and the region. Governor Cuomo and the state Department of Transportation are to be commended for guiding this project to an on time, and on budget, completion.”
New York City Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez said, "Investing in our city and state's infrastructure is of vital importance. I applaud Governor Cuomo and his administration in making the reconstruction of the Alexander Hamilton Bridge a priority. The Alexander Hamilton Bridge is an important connection between the boroughs of Manhattan and the Bronx, connecting communities and transporting thousands of commuters daily. This renovation will come a long way in ensuring the safety of all who use the bridge.”
New York City Council Member Vanessa L. Gibson said, “It’s very exciting to see the Alexander Hamilton bridge rehabilitation project come to such a successful conclusion. After five years during which Bronx families lived with this more than $400 million project and all of the related activities, I know my constituents greatly appreciate the investment of time and resources that has been made to ensure that the Alexander Hamilton Bridge is now safer than ever before and I want to thank Governor Cuomo and his administration for being such a strong partner during this project.”
Design services for the project were provided by Jacobs Engineering of New York, NY, and the construction contractor is a joint venture between CCA Civil Inc. and Halmar International LLC of Jersey City, NJ. Ammann & Whitney of New York City conducted construction inspections on the project.
NYSDOT in December received an Excellence in Partnering Award for this project from the Associated General Contractors of New York State. The award recognizes construction projects that best epitomize the principles of partnering, including trust, commitment, clarity and openness in a mutual endeavor.
For additional information, please visit the project website, www.nysdot.gov/AHB.