Governor Kathy Hochul today announced a $46 million investment in two ongoing projects that will rehabilitate four bridges – each over 60 years old – along the Staten Island Freeway (Interstate 278), making travel and improving safety in this busy corridor. . The the bridges carrying Woolley Avenue and Bradley Avenue on the Staten Island Freeway, and the bridges carrying the Staten Island Freeway on Richmond Avenue will receive new bridge decks and other improvements that will extend their life by approximately 40 years and will reduce the need for future maintenance.
“New York State is committed to rebuilding our infrastructure and ensuring our transportation system remains safe and reliable, which will allow our economy to grow and keep our communities vibrant,” Governor Hochul said. “These two projects will improve conditions on four critically important Staten Island motoring bridges and help keep people and commerce moving throughout the borough for decades to come.”
Woolley Avenue and Bradley Avenue bridges on the Staten Island Highway
Scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2023, the bridge rehabilitation project carrying Woolley and Bradley Avenues on the eastbound and westbound Staten Island Freeway will replace concrete bridge decks, sidewalks, and steel sills, paint structural steel and repair structural steel beams and concrete on columns and pier abutments. The project will also replace the bridge’s steel guardrails with concrete barriers, install new pedestrian fencing, replace utilities on the bridges, and add new LED lighting under each bridge. The two bridges, located half a mile apart, will be rehabilitated simultaneously to expedite construction completion.
Other benefits include replacement of street lighting, addition of pavement markings, and pavement resurfacing at intersections within the project boundary. Existing ramps will be upgraded to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Traffic signals will be replaced and upgraded and will include Accessible Pedestrian Signals (APS), devices that communicate ‘Walk’ and ‘Don’t Walk’ cycle information in a non-visual form to blind and visually impaired pedestrians .
In addition, state-of-the-art technology will be used to help preserve the life of the bridges, including the use of “bonding slabs” instead of bridge joints. Bonding slabs, composed of concrete, are designed to continuously connect two adjacent spans to eliminate deck joints on the bridge, which require regular maintenance due to moisture leaking into the joints. Polyester Polymer Concrete (PPC), a type of concrete that provides waterproof protection to concrete surfaces on the bridge’s columns and abutments, will also be used.
Staten Island Freeway bridges on Richmond Avenue
Scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2024, the rehabilitation project for bridges carrying eastbound and westbound traffic on the Staten Island Freeway on Richmond Avenue will replace concrete bridge decks, approaches and lampposts on the approaches . The bridge’s steel guardrails will be replaced with concrete barriers to improve safety. New bridge joints will be installed at the ends of the approaches rather than in the bridge decks, minimizing maintenance requirements on each bridge.
Other benefits within the project boundaries include painting the steel beams and fairing, repairing the concrete and brickwork under the structures, and upgrading the lighting systems below deck and overhead. An overhead sign structure located on the westbound Staten Island Highway will also be replaced. In addition, Intelligent Transformation Systems (ITS) on signal structures within the project boundary will be upgraded.
During construction, a temporary bridge will be installed between the eastbound and westbound Staten Island Freeway bridges to allow all traffic lanes to remain open.
New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez said: “Thanks to Governor Hochul’s leadership, New York State is investing in transportation infrastructure projects that connect communities, improve resilience and facilitate economic growth. These two projects on Staten Island will extend the life of four major bridges by decades and help ensure that this vital traffic corridor continues to meet the needs of the tens of thousands of motorists who use it every day. »
State Senator Diane Savino said: “I am pleased to have helped secure funding for these much-needed projects. I want to thank the Governor and the entire State DOT team for making these projects a priority. Like everyone in Staten Island knows that EIS is the lifeblood of our borough and these improvements will no doubt help ease congestion.”
State Senator Andrew Lanza said, “This appropriation of New York State DOT funding for Staten Island road and bridge infrastructure improvements is important to our road safety and resilience. I am grateful to our ratepayers, the Governor, the DOT for the State and the State Senate and State Assembly delegation for this work.”
Assemblyman Michael Cusick said: “Staten Island’s outdated infrastructure is in desperate need of maintenance and repair. I am pleased to see Governor Hochul prioritizing the safety of Staten Island residents and commuters by investing in much-needed repairs to several bridges off the Staten Island Highway.”
Assemblyman Charles D. Fall said: “I would like to express special gratitude to the Governor for providing this much needed infrastructure funding to Staten Island. I look forward to continuing to work with the administration on future infrastructure projects, such as the North Shore Bus Rapid Transit Project.
Member of the board Kamillah Hanks said, “A major investment like this in Staten Island’s infrastructure is absolutely essential for a borough that relies so heavily on public transit via cars and MTA buses. This rehabilitation along the Staten Island Freeway is a essential step to improve both transit safety and the quality of life for drivers, riders and residents, and I am grateful to the Hochul administration for prioritizing this.”