2004-06-11 / Community

New Promenade Opens Under Cross Bay Bridge

New Promenade Opens Under Cross Bay Bridge

The newly restored promenade at the Cross Bay Bridge showing the widened sidewalk, new curb, water fountains, lampposts and landscaping.The newly restored promenade at the Cross Bay Bridge showing the widened sidewalk, new curb, water fountains, lampposts and landscaping.

MTA Bridges and Tunnels has completed many improvements to the Promenade of the Cross Bay Bridge, creating a new bayside park-like addition to the community in time for the summer beach season, according to a spokesperson for the MTA.

The promenade’s new curb and widened sidewalk have improved conditions for a mix of users including pedestrians, joggers and bicyclists who use the area at the same time. And, new benches provide a comfortable spot for those who just want to sit for a while and take in the sights across Jamaica Bay.

Many trees and shrubs have been planted in the new topsoil, and new water fountains and trash receptacles have also been installed.

"The improvements to the Promenade at the Cross Bay Bridge in Rockaway will make this site a far more enjoyable experience for local residents and tourists visiting the area," said MTA Bridges and Tunnels President Michael C. Ascher. "The structural work that was completed under this project will ensure the longevity of the work."

"In addition to the aesthetic upgrades to the promenade, many structural improvements were completed during this $2.1 million project, ensuring that visitors and residents alike will enjoy the promenade for decades to come," The MTA spokesperson said.

More than 1400 linear feet of concrete rehabilitation was performed on the seawall above and below the surface of the bay from stretching from Rockaway High School to McDonald’s. Industrial diving teams operating from boats offshore performed the underwater work. Their special dive suits circulated warm water, making it possible to work year round despite the cold air and water temperatures.

The seawall’s bulkhead was cleaned of underwater marine growth that had accumulated using high-pressure hoses. Concrete repairs were then performed using concrete that is specially formulated to harden quickly underwater. The top of the seawall’s bulkhead was also cleaned and a protective coating was added. The entire 1400 feet of railing was also replaced using heavy gauge aluminum components.

The repairs to the seawall created a sound foundation for the new path, eliminating the uneven conditions that had existed prior to construction. New pavement has been installed throughout the area of the bridge’s abutment adjacent to the Promenade including the maintenance drive used by bridge personnel to perform routine structural and electrical maintenance.

In addition to the structural and aesthetic improvements, the bridge is undergoing an electrical upgrade that includes a new substation, standby generators, panelboards and other systems. A new lighting system at the Promenade is also part of the project and is should be completed later this year.

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