Bridge of the Future : Key Features

The New NY Bridge will incorporate a number of unique features to achieve an elegant design with efficient results.

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An iconic main span serves as the signature aspect of the bridge, with 419-foot towers and geometrically aligned cables. The outward incline of the towers creates a unique look and eliminates the need for an upper transverse tower strut – a structural element typical between two towers – adding to the open air experience while crossing the bridge. This solution achieves a clean aesthetic, has vastly improved safety features and provides a high-quality, low-maintenance replacement for this critical crossing.

The new bridge will be a visually striking, recognizable landmark, and one of the widest cable-stayed structures of its kind in the world. It will include eight general traffic lanes, four breakdown/emergency lanes, a bike and pedestrian path and state-of-the-art traffic monitoring systems as well as enhanced express bus service from the day the bridge opens. Designed and constructed to be mass-transit ready, the new crossing will be able to accommodate bus rapid transit, light rail or commuter rail.

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Project Features
 

  8 General Traffic Lanes 

  Wide Shoulders and Emergency/Express Bus Lanes

  Dedicated Bicycle and Pedestrian Path

  Strict Environmental Performance Commitments

  Contract Cost: $3.14 Billion

  6 Belvederes or Scenic Overlook Locations

 

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How do Cable-Stayed Bridges work?

Cable-stayed refers to a type of bridge where the deck is supported by straight cables attached to the top of towers. The towers are built first and then deck sections and stays are attached progressively. Cable-stayed bridges allow for long bridge spans.