July 19, 2016
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces $15 Million Project to Rehabilitate 188th Street Bridge Over Grand Central Parkway in Queens

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Improvements Include New Bridge Deck, Parapets, Sidewalks and Repairs to Steel Structure of Bridge

Accelerated Construction Methods Reduce Project Length by Four Months


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that work is underway on a $15 million project to rehabilitate the 188th Street Bridge over the Grand Central Parkway in Queens. In keeping with the Governor’s Drivers First initiative aimed at minimizing the impacts of construction on the traveling public, the bridge deck will be removed and replaced in 10 days, reducing the project length by four months.

“This project will help ensure this overpass remains safe and dependable for the thousands of motorists who cross it for years to come,” Governor Cuomo said. “The accelerated construction schedule will reduce long-term inconveniences and put Drivers First."

An important aspect of the project is minimizing the impact of construction, including lengthy traffic lane closures, on the community. Pre-cast concrete deck panels, manufactured off-site at Fort Miller Co., in Schuylerville, Saratoga County, will be transported to the construction site for installation. This method significantly accelerates the time that would traditionally be needed to pour and cure concrete on site. Use of the pre-cast panels also enables the concrete to cure without exposure to weather and vibrations from adjacent traffic, providing a superior product and extending the bridge deck’s lifespan. Fewer activities on site will reduce overall noise and construction vehicles in and around the project area.

The bridge carries two travel lanes and a ten-foot-wide sidewalk in each direction. The rehabilitation project includes construction of a new bridge deck, low wall parapets and sidewalks. The bridge’s steel structure will be repaired and painted. Two water main lines will be replaced. Illumination will be brighter with new LED street lighting installed above, as well as under, the bridge. Long-term maintenance costs will be reduced and durability will be improved by reducing the number of bridge deck joints.

New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Matthew J. Driscoll said, “We are delivering this project with an eye towards efficiency, in keeping with Governor Cuomo’s Drivers First initiative. A strong transportation infrastructure supports an active and vibrant economy, and we must plan for the future now by modernizing and enhancing this aging bridge.”

State Senator Tony Avella said, “I want to thank Governor Cuomo and the New York State Department of Transportation for reconstructing the 188th Street Bridge in Queens. The accelerated schedule will ensure that motorists have access to an improved roadway surface faster. This approach shows government responding in a way that keeps New Yorkers moving.”

Assemblyman David I. Weprin said, “The accelerated 10-day rehabilitation of the 188th Street Bridge over the Grand Central Parkway will improve our road network quickly and efficiently, while keeping pedestrians safe from the dangers that come with an extended period of construction. I applaud Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Department of Transportation for making this valuable investment in our Queens transportation infrastructure.”

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz said, "The accelerated timeline of the 188th Street Bridge rehabilitation will vastly reduce disruption to the surrounding communities. The pre-cast deck panels and similar elements of accelerated bridge construction strategies set the bar of efficiency for future public works projects in New York. Motorists who use the Grand Central Parkway can soon look forward to a safer, better road experience thanks to this and many other projects under Governor Cuomo's aggressive infrastructure prioritization.”

New York City Council Member Barry Grodenchik said, “The rehabilitation of the 188th Street Bridge is an important and essential step in improving the safety and mobility of passengers travelling through the state of New York. Governor Cuomo’s Drivers First initiative is setting the standard for the future of all construction projects by vastly reducing the disruption caused to motorists during the project. We are thankful for the technological innovation and creativity promoted by this initiative and are excited to see a rehabilitated and revamped bridge.”

New York City Council Member Rory Lancman said, “Infrastructure repairs are especially important to the economic and cultural development of any​ major city, and New York City is no exception. Equally important is the need to minimize the impact of that reconstruction on the traveling public to ensure that traffic flows uninterrupted so that New Yorkers can get to the places they need to be in record time. I congratulate Governor Cuomo on this innovative approach, and look forward to driving on the rehabilitated 188th Street Bridge.”

The Drivers First initiative prioritizes the convenience of motorists to minimize traffic congestion and travel delays due to road and bridge work. The bridge will be reduced to one lane in each direction during the 10-day deck replacement period, which will begin on Friday, July 22 at 9 p.m. through Monday, August 1 at 5 a.m. The lane reduction will extend along 188th Street over the Grand Central Parkway from the eastbound service road to the westbound service road.

Following the deck replacement, the south sidewalk will be closed for approximately three months so water mains can be replaced. The overall project is expected to be substantially complete this fall.

El Sol Contracting and Construction of Maspeth, Queens is the construction contractor for this project.

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