East River Bridges Security Upgrades

New York, NY

The United States Army Corps of Engineers called for security upgrades to the East River bridges under its Rapid Response/Immediate Response Program in 2008.

Historic icons in New York City, the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg Bridges provide transportation across the East River for hundreds of thousands of commuters daily. Public safety on these significant passageways is of utmost importance.

Conti completed the security upgrades for each bridge to meet their unique designs. This included providing a uniform appearance and maintaining a K-12 security rating to make them safer for pedestrians and drivers alike.

Security upgrades included custom designed and fabricated fixed bollards, retractable electric bollards between the three bridges and stainless steel ornamental fencing, all of which serve as access control and hazard mitigation. The team worked diligently to maintain the sites’ aesthetics while making these upgrades structurally sound.

Conti executed the project in nine completely different work areas around the three bridges, each with its own unique and specific work hours, in very busy pedestrian and vehicular traffic. Additionally, some sites featured very tight work areas and traffic requiring Conti to work during evening hours.

Conti’s work helped upgrade the security of America’s historical landmarks and New York City’s critical infrastructure.

Project details

Client USACE Omaha
Value $13.2M
Status Completed
Key features

  • Historical landmarks
  • Constructed nine areas around three bridges
  • Procured17 fixed bollards and 15 retractable electric bollards
  • Relocated fire hydrants and catch basin
  • Performed surgical excavations
  • Maintained public relations
  • Blended new site with old

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