THE CONCRETE BRIDGE MAGAZINE

SUMMER 2017

ASPIRE is a quarterly magazine published by PCI in cooperation with the associations of the National Concrete Bridge Council. The editorial content focuses on the latest technology and key issues in the Concrete Bridge Industry.

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The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey's (PANYNJ's) Bayonne Bridge carries Route 440 over the Kill Van Kull, the navigational entrance to the Ports of Newark and Elizabeth in New Jersey. The Bayonne Bridge connects the city of Bayonne, N.J., to the north with Port Richmond, N.Y., in New York City's Borough of Staten Island, to the south. Prior to reconstruction, the average daily traffic across the bridge was approximately 22,000 vehicles. Bids for the "Bayonne Bridge Replacement of Main Span Roadway and Approach Structures" contract were received in April 2013 and the construction contract was awarded on May 10, 2013, in the amount of $744 million. Following the widening and deepening of the Panama Canal, including a third set of locks, and the advent of larger post- Panamax container ships, the restrictive 151-ft navigational clearance (air draft) of the Kill Van Kull would have resulted in container traffic seeking other ports of call. In addition, there have been frequent incidents of container ships' masts scraping the underside of the existing bridge structure. These issues created the need to increase the air draft of the Bayonne Bridge to maintain the ports' economic competitiveness, protect port-related jobs, maintain regional economic activities, and provide a safer bridge crossing for the traveling public. The port facilities of Newark and Elizabeth are among the busiest in the world, with approximately 12% of all U.S.-bound international containers passing under the Bayonne Bridge. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimated that raising the Bayonne Bridge would produce a $3.3 billion national benefit, and that the ports indirectly create approximately 270,000 jobs and generate $11 billion in annual national wages. The Bayonne Bridge Navigational Clearance Program will allow the largest post-Panamax ships, carrying more than 12,000 container units each, to pass under the bridge, increasing the overall capacity for the ports. Prior to the project, the largest ships allowed to pass under the Bayonne Bridge could carry only half that amount. profile BAYONNE BRIDGE / STATEN ISLAND, NEW YORK, AND BAYONNE, NEW JERSEY BRIDGE DESIGN: HDR-WSP, a joint venture, New York, N.Y. PRIME CONTRACTOR: Skanska-Koch Kiewit (SKK), a joint venture, Carteret, N.J., and Woodcliff Lakes, N.J. PRECASTER: Bayshore Concrete Products, Cape Charles, Va.—a PCI-certified producer POST-TENSIONING CONTRACTOR: Schwager Davis Inc., San Jose, Calif. OTHER CONSULTANTS: Arora and Associates P.C., Lawrenceville, N.J.; HNTB Corporation, Parsippany, N.J.; IH Engineers P.C., Princeton, N.J.; KPFF, Chicago, Ill.; and Thornton Tomasetti, New York, N.Y. by Joseph LoBuono and Chester Werts, HDR BAYONNE BRIDGE NEW BRIDGE ALLOWS LARGER CONTAINER SHIPS TO PASS Tight constraints for erection of single-cell box-girder pier table segment. The 42-ft difference in the elevations of the old and new approaches is evident. All Photos and Figures: HDR. 20 | ASPIRE Summer 2017 P R O J E C T

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