Goethals Replacement Bridge (Twin Bridges)

Goethals Replacement Bridge
(Twin Bridges)

The new twin 900-ft main span cable-stayed bridges between Staten Island, NY, and Elizabeth, NJ, replace the 85-year-old cantilever truss Goethals Bridge, which was functionally obsolete. Carrying three lanes plus inner and outer shoulders of Interstate 278 over the Arthur Kill strait in each direction, a walkway for pedestrians and cyclists is also included on the westbound span.

The bridge provides critical access for commuters and freight traffic. The project included design and construction of over 200 large-diameter rock-socketed drilled shafts to not only support the massive structures, but also resist the consequences of liquefaction and associated lateral spreading kinematic forces. To help inform the design and enhance optimization and economy, multiple static axial load tests were performed using the bi-directional embedded jack method. Multiple lateral load tests were also performed and included both static and lateral Statnamic test methods.

CLIENT

LOCATION

Staten Island, NY

Elizabeth, NJ

SERVICES PROVIDED

Geotechnical Engineering

Materials Testing

I-49 Alignment

I-49 Alignment

The Grubbs, Hoskyn, Barton & Wyatt team, a UES Company, are currently at work on the new alignment for I-49 from Alma to Fort Smith, AR for client HNTB / ARDOT. Work began in 2021, with completion expected in 2025. The team is providing more than $4 million in geotechnical engineering, drilling, and laboratory testing with a scope of ±338 borings / 15,105 lin ft.

The future I-49 alignment extends between Highway 22 and Interstate 40, approximately 13.7 miles and will connect Highway 22 in Sebastian County to the Interstate 40 and Interstate 49 interchange in Crawford County. The southern end of the alignment will extend over the Arkansas River to Hwy. 22 in Barling, Sebastian County, Arkansas. The project will consist of bridges and roadway designed and constructed to interstate standards.

client

LOCATION

Sebastian County, Arkansas

SERVICES PROVIDED

Geotechnical Engineering

Drilling

Materials Testing

Broadway Bridge Replacement

Broadway Bridge Replacement

The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) replaced the Broadway Bridge and its connection ramps on U.S. Highway 70 over the Arkansas River connecting Little Rock and North Little Rock in Pulaski County, Arkansas.

The work consisted of a bridge type selection study and designing and providing plans and specifications for the project. The replacement bridge consisted of the design of a four-lane principal arterial on or near the existing alignment. The proposed typical section of the bridge included four (4), 11-ft-wide travel lanes with 4-ft shoulders and a 16-ft shared-use path on the east.

client

LOCATION

Little Rock, Arkansas

SERVICES PROVIDED

Geotechnical Engineering

Materials Testing

Brightline High-Speed Rail (Formally All Aboard Florida)

Brightline High-Speed Rail

Brightline is a privately run inter-city rail route between Miami and West Palm Beach, Florida. As of August 2020, it was the only privately owned and operated intercity passenger railroad in the United States. The line was initially in development starting in March 2012 as “All Aboard Florida” (AAF) by Florida East Coast Industries, a Florida real estate developer owned by Fortress Investment Group. In 2012, Florida East Coast Industries (FECI) announced plans to operate passenger rail service between Miami and Orlando. The construction was projected at the time to be $1.5 billion.

Construction of Phase I rail alignment began in November 2014 on improvements to tracks and bridges owned by the Florida East Coast Railway (FECR). In October 2014, work on the Fort Lauderdale station began with the demolition of existing buildings on the site. A groundbreaking ceremony for the West Palm Beach station was held in November 2014. During Phase I All Aboard Florida secured leasing of easement rights alongside the Beachline from the Central Florida Expressway Authority for $1.4 million in December 2015. Phase I Construction was completed in 2016.

Construction work on Phase II, between West Palm Beach and Orlando, officially began in June 2019, with a groundbreaking ceremony at Orlando International Airport. The rail alignment and bridge work on the East West Zone 3 Section from Orlando to Cocoa began in October 2019. Four additional portions of rail within the corridor are being constructed simultaneously by Hubbard Construction Company, Wharton-Smith Inc., The Middlesex Corporation, and HSR Constructors. These five contractors are responsible for the development of 170 miles of new track into the completed state-of-the-art intermodal facility located in the new South Terminal at the Orlando International Airport (MCO).

UES holds multiple contracts valued at over $4.5M and we provided over $2.5M in services to our client, Granite Construction, to date, with services ongoing through 2022. UES’ Contractor Quality Control services include performing construction materials testing and sampling, inspection services, and site management for the rail alignment utilizing the following certifications and professional licensure: CTQP Level I/II Technician/Inspector, CTQP Asphalt Paving Inspector, Level I/II, Welding Inspector, Non-Destructive Testing Inspector (UT/MT/PT), and ACI Level I Concrete and ACI Level II Concrete Transportation.

The project scope for the Orlando to Cocoa section with Granite construction consists of 35 miles of new rail alignment. The project includes 18 new rail bridges, a conveyor system over SR 528 for embankment backfill, the arch tunnel under I-95, and the installation of two unique jack-driven box tunnel for the Brightline Trains route being constructed at Goldenrod Road in Orlando and under SR 528 in Cocoa. The pre-cast, box-jack system is only the third of its kind used in the U.S. and reduces construction time from nearly a year to just a few weeks.

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CLIENT

Florida East Coast Industries (FECI) /
Fortress Investment Group LLC

LOCATION

Miami, FL
West Palm Beach, FL
Orlando, FL

SERVICES PROVIDED

Geotechnical Engineering

Materials Testing

Field Inspection & Code Compliance