NEW YORK CITY—Skanska has signed a contract with the New YorkState Dept. of Transportation to design and build the newKosciuszko Bridge. The total project value is $555 million; Skanskawill include its 45% share of the project value—about $250million—in order bookings for Skanska USA Civil for the secondquarter.

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In a Skanska-led venture with Kiewit and ECCO III Enterprises,Skanska will design and build new eastbound structures for theKosciuszko Bridge to carry the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway betweenMorgan Avenue in Brooklyn and the Long Island ExpresswayInterchange in Queens. Skanska also will perform the demolition ofthe existing bridge structures and buildings on acquired propertiesto clear the right-of-way for construction activities.

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The project also includes the reconstruction and realignment oflocal at-grade streets impacted by new construction or demolitionactivities; relocation of existing utilities from impacted localstreets; and construction of a new drainage system and sewerfacilities to collect and discharge storm water runoff from the newbridge structure.

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“Replacing the Kosciuszko Bridge with a new span designed tolast for the next 100 years means providing a stronger and moreresilient transportation network for commuters throughout the NewYork City area for generations to come,” says Governor AndrewCuomo. “Utilizing design-build will upgrade our vitalinfrastructure in a way that expedites the overall project andsaves taxpayer dollars.

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The 1.1 mile eastbound viaduct is being completely replaced,with the new span being built alongside the current bridge. Theportion over water will be a cable-stayed design. The new bridgewill improve safety and reduce congestion through widerdriving lanes, the addition of auxiliary lanes and shoulders, and areduced grade which will make it easier for trucks to stay up tospeed. Streetscape enhancements will be made in the areassurrounding the new bridge, including new trees and decorativelighting. Other enhancements to the community include new parks andopen spaces, and improved access to the waterfront.

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Construction will begin later this summer with demolition ofbuildings to make room for the new bridge and pile driving for thebridge foundations. Construction on the foundations is expected tobegin in the fall and continue through 2015, with the bulk of thenew eastbound bridge being built in 2016 and demolition of theexisting eastbound structure in 2017. All work is expected tobe completed in early 2018. A new westbound viaduct will be builtas part of a future project

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Says Brooklyn Borough president Eric L. Adams, "In order tobuild One Brooklyn that works for everyone, we must start byrebuilding and repairing our infrastructure, the foundation of ourborough. The Kosciuszko Bridge is a major thoroughfare that, whenreplaced, will result in a safer, smoother and faster commute forhundreds of thousands of commuters every day.”

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Funding for the project comes partially from the NYSDOT CapitalProgram, with $460 million from Governor Cuomo's NY Works program,which is designed to create tens of thousands of jobs bycoordinating comprehensive capital plans, overseeing all investmentin infrastructure projects, and accelerating hundreds of criticalprojects across the state.

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Rayna Katz

Rayna Katz is a seasoned business journalist whose extensive experience includes coverage of the lodging sector, travel and the culinary space. She was most recently content director for a business-to-business publisher, overseeing four publications. While at Meeting News, a travel trade publication, she received a Best Reporting award for a story on meeting cancellations in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.