The Willis Avenue Bridge – A Legacy Project
July 27, 2017
When a project is as important as the Willis Avenue Swing Bridge, you call it a legacy project. More than 150 H&H employees worked on the project from it’s beginning in 1974, until H&H Project Manager, Bill Nyman, PE, officially closed the job last week. Bill was the Project Manager for all 22 years the project was active and 44 of the 150 employees who worked on Willis are still with Hardesty & Hanover.
H&H’s work 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.
One of the most memorable moments was seeing the bridge float down the Hudson River. The event was covered live by media outlets. Articles: New York Post; New York Times
The project won numerous awards including:
- NSBA/AISC(National Steel Bridge Alliance)- Prize Bridge Award with Accelerated Bridge Construction Commendation
- Roads and Bridges Magazine- Top Ten Bridges of 2012
- New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) – Project of the Year
- American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE-Metropolitan Section) – Construction Achievement Award.
- Steel Construction Design Awards in the International Category from the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction
- American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC NY) – Engineering Excellence Award- Diamond Award
- American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC-National) Engineering Excellence National Recognition Award
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