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Drury Lane Access to Stewart International Airport

Orange County, New York<br style='line-height:2px'>New York State Department of Transportation

A HAKS-led joint venture provided Resident Engineering Inspection services for this $60 million airport access project for the New York State Department of Transportation. The airport access road reduced local road traffic and improved environmental quality. Project elements involved reconstructing Drury Lane, a two-lane country road; constructing International Boulevard (Route 747) from Drury Lane to the airport; and constructing a diamond interchange between I-84 and Drury Lane.

Innovative design and construction were required for the 103-acre project situated in an environmentally sensitive area. Drury Lane and Route 747 required nearly 1.2 million cubic yards of excavation and 260,000 cubic yards of embankment, and new federal wetlands were created. Some unusual applications addressed other environmental issues, among them mechanically stabilized earth system walls to minimize embankment footprints, amphibian barriers, vernal pools and wildlife crossings. Extensive soil erosion and water pollution control methods helped avoid contamination of wetlands and state forest areas. The massive amount of earthwork led to the development of a “stakeless survey” method that incorporated GPS technology and to an innovative adaptation of GPS that enabled fast, accurate and efficient earthmoving.

HAKS monitored all work closely to ensure conformance to contract plans and specifications and strict application of erosion and sediment control measures and environmental permits, and applied tight cost controls. Close coordination with utilities facilitated construction of new overhead and underground lines.

Although litigation by environmental groups delayed construction by three months, an accelerated construction schedule enabled Drury Lane to open ahead of schedule.

The project received the ACEC-New York Platinum Award; ASCE Met Section Project of the Year Award; and CMAA Construction Management Project of the Year Honorable Mention Award.