By Diane Park
September 12, 2018
New York State Department of Transportation's Acting Commissioner Paul A. Karas announced that work is underway on a $78 million project to rehabilitate five I-278 bridges, including four on the Staten Island Expressway (SIE) and another over the Gowanus Expressway in Brooklyn. Project design has started, and construction is slated to begin this fall. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.
"Rehabilitating five I-278 bridges on Staten Island and in Brooklyn is another example of how New York State continues to transform its transportation infrastructure," said Acting Commissioner Karas. "This project will deliver an improved riding surface and enhanced safety for the many motorists who rely on this corridor, as well as improved safety for pedestrians."
The project will rehabilitate the bridges on the Staten Island Expressway over Mosel Avenue and over the Staten Island Railway tracks on both the eastbound and westbound lanes of the main highway and service roads. It also will improve the 79th Street Bridge over the Gowns Expressway in Brooklyn.
On each bridge, the deck and substructure will be replaced. Steel will be repaired or replaced, and painted where necessary. The steel railings on each bridge will also be replaced with concrete parapets for enhanced safety.
Roadway lighting will be replaced within the project limits. New lamp posts with energy efficient LED lighting will be installed providing enhanced illumination and better lighting uniformity and night time visibility.
In addition, sidewalk improvements will be made to enhance pedestrian safety, including the construction of new sidewalks and ramps compliant with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. Bridge and highway drains within the project limits will be cleaned and catch basins will be relocated and/or repaired as needed.
Senator Andrew J. Lanza said, "Rehabilitating these bridge overpasses on the Staten Island Expressway will improve safety for motorists on Staten Island and I look forward to continue working with Governor Cuomo and Acting Commissioner Karas to bring home additional funding for Staten Island's much needed transportation infrastructure."
Assemblyman Matthew Titone said, "Staten Islanders are living a traffic nightmare, and as we work to solve this it is important to remember that maintaining bridges is as important as building new ones. I am heartened that the Governor is making infrastructure maintenance an integral part of our traffic solution."
This project complements other recent NYSDOT improvements to the I-278 corridor, including:
Staten Island Expressway Bridges over Mosel Avenue
Staten Island Expressway Bridges over the Staten Island Railway Tracks
79th Street Bridge over the Gowanus Expressway