NEW YORK—Motorists stuck in traffic on the Kosciuszko Bridge, which links Brooklyn and Queens, can watch the work of ECCO III Enterprises, Inc., a member of the design-build team that is constructing the eastbound portion of a new bridge adjacent to the existing roadway.
The $554.7 million project is the largest single contract in the history of the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT). The design-build team, known as SKE, includes Skanska and Kiewit along with ECCO III, which is based in Yonkers. In addition, the design work is being performed by HNTB Corp. The contract was awarded in May 2014, with completion anticipated in early 2018.
“SKE was selected as part of a best value selection process due to the team’s exemplary design-build proposal, which showed unmatched project comprehension and technical understanding by addressing the needs and concerns of NYSDOT through innovative design and construction solutions and proven management experience and principles,” said Raymond Gizzi, ECCO III president.
The 75-year-old bridge, part of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (I-278), carries more than 160,000 vehicles per day and has been cited for being in danger of collapse. Drivers cope with difficult short entrance ramps, a steep grade that affects line of sight and safety, and constant traffic jams.
The new bridge has started with construction of the 1.1 mile eastbound six-lane viaduct. The portion over Newtown Creek (the main span) will be a cable-stayed design, featuring four towers from which cables support the bridge deck. “It will provide an iconic and signature skyline element between Brooklyn and Queens,” ECCO III’s Mr. Gizzi noted.
The existing bridge will be demolished and two-way traffic will be diverted to the new viaduct. The westbound viaduct is to be awarded as a separate contract and is anticipated to start in 2018.
The new bridge is designed for a service life of 100 years, and it will improve safety and reduce congestion through wider driving lanes, according to DOT reports. Also, the addition of auxiliary lanes and shoulders and a reduced grade will serve to improve sightlines, traffic flow and travel time, ECCO III Enterprises also noted.