Constructed in 1928, the original Goethals Bridge endured for decades as a critical piece of New York and New Jersey infrastructure until increasing traffic demand, new bridge standards and modernising transportation rendered the structure obsolete. In 2018, construction was completed on a brand new Goethals Bridge. This includes 12-foot-wide lanes with shoulders, a 10-foot-wide pedestrian/bike path and integrated smart bridge technology that provides continuous electronic monitoring of the structure.
Watson Bowman Acme was involved with this $1.5 billion bridge replacement from the beginning – from the proposal phase, right through to construction. WBA provided eleven large Wabo®Modular expansion joints as well as custom sliding plates, Wabo®Air-Inflated joint seals and Trelleborg water stops. WBA worked closely with KWM to choose the right expansion joint products, a relationship which allowed them to quickly adapt to changing project needs and minimise interruptions to construction. WBA’s in-house engineering team also worked in conjunction with the contractor to develop the best way to set the expansion joints, and WBA Field Service was dispatched regularly to assist with joint installations throughout construction.