Kew Gardens Interchange Reconstruction
LiRo is providing Resident/ Construction Engineering & inspection services for the reconstruction of the Van Wyck Expressway at the Kew Gardens Interchange, which carries the Expressway over the Grand Central Parkway. The project includes reconstruction of a half-mile section of the Expressway, a quarter-mile section of Queens Boulevard, four bridges, entrance ramps from the Jackie Robinson Parkway and Union Turnpike, and modifications to subway entrances.
This intersection carries more than 500,000 vehicles daily, and is vital to vehicular traffic in Queens. Close proximity to adjacent properties and complex work zone traffic control created challenges during construction. Temporary support systems, structures and roadways allowed for staged demolition and installation of the new structure. The project includes new retaining walls, (modular, reinforced concrete, GRSS and soil nail) highway lighting, and the relocation of water mains, sewers and communication facilities.
The new northbound viaduct carrying the Van Wyck Expressway over the interchange opened in November 2014, 18 months ahead of schedule. The viaduct is 800 ft long and 56 ft wide, making it the longest fully jointless curved New York State Department of Transportation structure.
Read more about the opening of the northbound viaduct.
Resident/ Construction Engineering & Inspection