Skanska to undertake $167M overhaul of aging Brooklyn-Manhattan bridge

Global construction and development firm, Skanska USA, will lead necessary improvements and replacement of aging components across Williamsburg Bridge, a project aiming for improved traffic flow across one of East River’s major crossings connecting Brooklyn to Manhattan. Photo courtesy Praneeth Thalla via Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Williamsburg Bridge is set to undergo a revitalization aimed at improving traffic flow across the major East River crossing between Brooklyn and Manhattan. Global construction and development firm, Skanska USA, will lead the $167 million overhaul.

New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) awarded the firm the contract. The rehabilitation will include structural steel repairs throughout the bridge superstructure, inclusive of floor beam repairs, a transit hanger retrofit and temporary jacking system, gusset plate repairs, truss bottom chord repairs, top and bottom lateral bracing strengthening, overhead truss diagonal replacements, intermediate towers repairs, and transit stringer repairs.

Additionally, the project will carry out the replacement of modular joints at the anchorages and approach piers and bearing rehabilitation at approach piers, a full replacement of the bridge fire standpipe system, and the replacement of the existing bridge asphalt overlay system.

“We’re thrilled to be providing infrastructure improvements to one of New York City’s vital East River crossings, which serves thousands of commuters each day, to and from Manhattan and Brooklyn,” said Bill Matre, senior vice president and general manager for Skanska USA Civil.

The project commenced in October 2022 and is expected to reach final completion by December 2025.

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