Transportation // Movable Bridges

Willis Avenue Bridge

Project Overview - Replacement of the Willis Avenue Bridge

Location: New York, New York
Client: New York City Department of Transportation

Hardesty & Hanover performed bridge design for the Willis Avenue Swing Bridge located between the Bronx and Manhattan. This project involved the replacement of the existing Willis Avenue Swing Bridge with a new off-line swing bridge and 3,000 feet of approach viaducts, including the ramps providing connection from the FDR Drive and to Bruckner Boulevard.

H&H project work included a NYCDOT Bridge Reconstruction Project Report and preliminary design, a DR/EIS necessary for state/federal funding, and final design. The design incorporated a new 345-foot-long through-truss-type swing span, steel box girder spans over an active rail yard, curved girders and other structure-types necessary to stage construction and maintain traffic including 72,000 vehicles per day on the mainline bridge. Included in the design is a new combined bikeway/walkway facility provided to connect adjoining parks and a NYC bike route in Manhattan and the Bronx. Extensive community participation and agency coordination was required as was permitting from many city, state, and federal agencies. H&H provided seismic analysis studies; complex geometry; traffic impact for approach streets; environmental impact statements; mitigation of impacts on historic structures; and in-house structural, mechanical and electrical design.

The Willis Avenue Bridge over the Harlem River Project has won the following awards:

  • 2014 National Steel Bridge Alliance – Accelerated Bridge Construction Commendation
  • 2012 American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC NY) – Engineering Excellence Award- Diamond Award
  • 2012 American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC-National) Engineering Excellence National Recognition Award
  • 2012 New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) – Project of the Year
  • 2012 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Metropolitan Section-Construction Achievement Award
  • 2011 Steel Construction Design Awards in the International Category from the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction