The Metropolitan Avenue and Fresh Pond Road Bridge over the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) is a two span bridge structure carrying vehicular and pedestrian traffic on Metropolitan Avenue and Fresh Pond Road over three active Long Island Railroad freight tracks known as the Lower Montauk and Bushwick Lines. Freight movement is conducted by New York Atlantic Railway, which holds a long-term lease with the LIRR. LiRo provided resident/construction engineering and inspection services for the reconstruction project.
About the Project
The scope of construction work included the complete removal and replacement of the reinforced concrete bridge deck, lightweight concrete overlay pavements, utility support and relocations, investigation of existing steel members and replacement or retrofitting as needed. It also entailed concrete repairs to abutments, wing walls and piers, and extensive Work Zone Traffic Control over four stages of work with major emphasis on pedestrian traffic around the work zone. Two-way vehicular traffic was maintained throughout all four stages of construction and detours were utilized due to turn restrictions adjacent to the work zone at the intersection of Metropolitan Avenue and Fresh Pond Road. Community outreach efforts were significant and extremely important throughout the duration of the project as Metropolitan Avenue and Fresh Pond road are extremely busy streets.