WSP USA was the resident engineering and inspection firm throughout constructability review, redesign and construction of the new bridge crossing Eastchester Bay, on behalf of the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT).
The original bridge, built in 1901, had historic significance and restoration was considered as a possible option. However, by 2011 it became clear to the NYCDOT that the best approach to the deteriorating structure was to design and build a new City Island Bridge.
“There are no other bridges to City Island, and this is a go-to destination for people in the Bronx, hosting annual events, boating and marine activities, and other attractions,” said Dhiaa Shubber, resident engineer for WSP on the project. “When we started the process, the old bridge was nearing the end of its service life. Replacement was the only way to go, and the client was eager to provide the City Island community with a reliable new bridge.”
The $102 million project opened to traffic on Oct. 29, 2017, although work is continuing with the removal of a temporary bridge that accommodated traffic during construction, and on the rehabilitation of the seawall.
“The new bridge features wider traffic lanes, dedicated bicycle lanes and wider sidewalks for pedestrians, and features a higher profile to accommodate boat navigation in the bay,” Shubber said.