Three-Year Construction Project At Henry Hudson Bridge Begins Thursday, May 7th
A nearly $33 million construction project at the Henry Hudson Bridge to replace the steel curb stringers that support the upper level roadway is set to begin Thursday, May 7th. The work will require one lane heading to the Bronx to be closed around the clock for approximately two years.
"The curb stringers are part of the original 1930s structure and after nearly 73 years, they have suffered much wear and tear and need to be replaced," said Henry Hudson Facility Engineer Walter Hickey. The lower level of the Henry Hudson Bridge, which turns 75 this year, opened to traffic on Dec. 12, 1936. The upper level was added two years later.
Work will begin on the far left lane of the upper roadway where contractor Judlau Inc., of Queens, will replace the steel curb stringers, bridge bearings and update all electrical wiring. The lane closure is expected to begin the second week in May and last through the end of the year.
In spring 2012, the contractor will switch to the far right side of the bridge where the work will be repeated and the far right lane will be closed throughout 2012. With the introduction of the gateless E-ZPass pilot project at the bridge this January, closing one of the three lanes leading into the Bronx is expected to have minimal impact on traffic.
Once replacement work is done, the contractor will install 3,600-feet of new bridge decking and new energy-efficient roadway lighting. Brand new light poles will be installed but they will replicate the original Depression-era design.
By eliminating an unused maintenance walkway, traffic lanes on the upper level will be restriped and widened from the current 10-feet to 11-feet-6-inches. The lower level pedestrian walkway will remain open while this work is done. The project is expected to be completed in 2014.
The Henry Hudson Bridge connects the Inwood section of Manhattan to the Riverdale section in the Bronx. In 2010, an estimated 23 million vehicles used the Henry Hudson Bridge.