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Henry Hudson Bridge Project Nearing Completion

New steel deck being installed on the upper level at Henry Hudson Bridge
New steel deck being installed on the upper level at Henry Hudson Bridge

The 3-year, $32 million project to replace the Henry Hudson Bridge’s original 1930’s-era steel curb stringers on the Bronx-bound upper level is moving to the next phase of work in the center lane where contractors will be rehabilitating bridge joints.

This means the center northbound lane will be closed around-the-clock from the toll plaza to the Bronx tower. Drivers will use either the right or left lanes as they cross into the Bronx. The work is expected to be completed by the end of July.

The good news for drivers is that once this work is finished, the permanent lane closures that have been in place for several years will be lifted during morning and afternoon peak drive times. Off-peak lane closures will continue through the end of the project, which is on time and expected to be finished this fall.

“When the project is completed motorists will have wider, more uniform traffic lanes, a new safety shoulder and brand new energy-efficient roadway lighting that will replicate the bridge’s original 1930s-style lights,” said Acting Facility Engineer Thomas Cho. “We thank motorists for their patience while we complete this important work.”

The project replaced the original Depression-era steel curb stringers, which support the upper level roadway, with new sub-stringer steel beams. Hollow box curb stringers were the structural support method used when the bridge was built in the 1930s but they are not watertight. Through the years water has seeped in causing some of the steel to deteriorate. With new sub-stringer steel beams in place, the roadway joints are being rehabilitated and new concrete decking added.

The Henry Hudson Bridge, which connects Riverdale in the Bronx and Inwood in Manhattan, opened Dec. 12, 1936.

Workers laying wet burlap over new concrete on north end of the bridge
Workers laying wet burlap over new concrete on north end of the bridge
New east roadway lane ready for striping
New east roadway lane ready for striping