Project Description

To accommodate the needs of ever-increasing post World War I traffic, historic Goethals Bridge was constructed in 1928 by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Built to connect Elizabeth, NJ and Staten Island, NY over the 10-mile Arthur Kill tidal strait, Goethals was the first Port Authority facilities project.

In 2014, at 88 years of age, the bridge was no longer able to accommodate modern traffic needs and the Goethals Bridge Replacement design-build project was begun. The $1 billion Port Authority project created a new bridge with 12 foot wide lanes, roadway shoulders (absent on the original bridge), and pedestrian and bike walkways.

The T-WALL Retaining Wall System was selected to support the bridge abutments because it could meet both the 150-year service life requirements and the aesthetic finish parameters set forth by the Port Authority of NY and NJ. The Fort Miller Company of NY, a T-WALL precaster, provided the 150-year concrete mix design for the T-WALL units as well as the precast barrier.

The project contractor – Kiewit Weeks Massman (KWM) – also had prior experience with T-WALL and preferred it for use on the project. Fifty percent of T-WALL has been constructed as of June 2017, with the remainder to be installed in 2018.

 

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