This past weekend, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced that contractor Tutor Perini has been awarded the $235.7 million contract to replace the original Sixties-era roadway on the upper level of the Verrazano Bridge. The project will include a reversible high occupancy vehicle lane, which will provide a continuous HOV lane from the Staten Island Expressway to the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel (which the MTA insits on calling the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel).
The bridge’s upper level will remain open to traffic while the new roadway is installed, and the three current lanes of traffic will be maintained during peak morning and afternoon drive times using a movable barrier.
The current concrete roadway deck will be replaced with a lighter, steel orthotropic deck that will have a significantly improved life span than the original deck system.
Tutor Perini has also been a contractor for the MTA on the Whitestone Bridge and Triboro Bridge (which again, the agency is now referring to as the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge). The project will begin in earnest in 2014 with some prep work starting next year. Construction is expected to be complete by 2017.