2003-07-25 / Community

Bridge Rehab Wins Kudos From Construction Pub

Bridge Rehab Wins Kudos From Construction Pub


New York State Governor George Pataki is joined by the widow of Gil Hodges and local dignataries in in redededicating the bridge after its rehabilitation.New York State Governor George Pataki is joined by the widow of Gil Hodges and local dignataries in in redededicating the bridge after its rehabilitation.

The Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge rehabilitation that was completed last year was selected by New York Construction News, an industry trade journal, as one of the "Top 40" construction projects in the tri-state area in 2002. The results were announced in the publication’s June 2003 issue.

"We are extremely proud that the rehabilitation of the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge was recognized as one of the top construction projects of 2002," said MTA Bridges and Tunnels President, Michael C. Ascher. "And we share this pride with the Rockaways and Brooklyn communities who worked so closely with us to make this project go smoothly. We are grateful for their cooperation and support throughout the project which contributed so much to making it a success."

"This recognition is testimony to the efforts of many MTA employees and contractors as well as the residents near the Bridge," said MTA Chairman Peter S. Kalikow. "It is an outstanding example of how a public agency and local communities can work together to achieve a common goal that serves the needs of both."

These top projects were rated by size and cost as well as the creativity, ingenuity and hard work it took to complete them. Other projects selected in the Top 40 included the completion of the AirTrain to JFK International Airport, the renovation of 22 miles of the Palisades Interstate Parkway, new hotels office and residential towers, the recovery and cleanup operation at the World Trade Center site and the rapid reconstruction of the Cortlandt Street Station under the same site.


The Gil Hodges Marine Parkway Bridge as seen from Fort Tilden.The Gil Hodges Marine Parkway Bridge as seen from Fort Tilden.

The Marine Parkway Bridge rehabilitation, which was awarded in 1998, included widening of the roadway deck by repositioning the pedestrian walkway on the bridge’s exterior and installation of a media barrier. A new pre-cast concrete deck was installed on the bridge along with a new lightweight steel deck on the lift span. In addition, all of the old lead-based paint on the bridge was removed and the bridge completely repainted. The facility also received seismic and electrical upgrades, including new traffic control signals and decorative lighting for the towers of the lift span.

The Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge was opened on July 3, 1937 and currently carries more than 20,000 vehicles per day.


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