As the New NY Bridge project continues to make remarkable progress above the Hudson River, crews are installing several safety features on the crossing.
These features are the result of the project’s close collaboration with local and regional first responders during the bridge’s design development phase.
The new roadway connections between the twin spans are the most visible safety features developed by the team. These three crucial “turnarounds” on the approach spans will allow emergency responders on both sides of the river to quickly access both spans in the event of an accident. The connections will also allow eastbound or westbound traffic to be diverted if the lanes are blocked for an extended period of time.
In addition, water lines are being installed underneath the bridge’s roadway to aid fire departments.
Safety is the project’s top priority, and the team maintains strong relationships with all local marine- and shore-based response teams, along with the U.S. Coast Guard. As a result, more than 40 chiefs, commanders and response specialists regularly receive briefings about the crossing and construction work so they can coordinate their efforts effectively.