The new $6 billion bridge connecting Brooklyn and Queens will be completed this year
The New York City Bridge is being rebuilt to make it more attractive to tourists and pedestrians, but the project’s $6.5 billion project to replace a span that collapsed in 2011 has not yet begun.
The New York State Department of Transportation announced on Thursday that it has awarded a $5.8 billion contract to a consortium led by Bridge Construction Corp. of China, to build a replacement span that connects the two cities.
The bridge’s steel foundation, which was made by the US Army Corps of Engineers, will be replaced, and it will replace the existing steel structure with reinforced concrete, said Chris Stessel, a spokesman for the DOT.
Stessel said the span will be fully operational by the end of 2021.
The project will involve building and rebuilding the span, Stessel said.
The new span will replace a bridge that collapsed after the Empire State Building was struck by a commuter train in the summer of 2011.
The bridge, named for the twin towers, is a section of the New York-New Jersey Transit Red Line that runs north from the Brooklyn Bridge, across the Brooklyn waterfront and south to the Queensboro Bridge, where it joins the East River.
It will be one of the largest and longest bridges in the United States, and the span’s replacement cost will be $7 billion.