Grand Award – HNTB Corporation, Kansas City

Firm Name: HNTB Corporation, Kansas City

Project: Replacement of Kosciuszko Bridge – Phase 1

Client: New York Department of Transportation

Built in 1939, the original Kosciuszko Bridge was no longer equipped to carry the more than 160,000 vehicles per day that crossed it on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE) over Newton Creek. As a vital piece of infrastructure in New York City’s transportation network, the bridge needed to be replaced to meet New York’s needs today and into the future.  New York State DOT awarded HNTB and the SKE Joint Venture team the Phase 1 design-build contract to design and construct New York City’s first cable-stayed bridge, featuring five standard-width lanes and two full-width shoulders.  The team optimized the horizontal and vertical alignments to reduce cost and erection issues, improve traffic safety and maintenance access, and decrease bridge height and length to minimize the visual impact of the entire corridor.