• Corporate HQ, NY
  • Melville, NY
  • Iselin, NJ
  • Ossining, NY
  • Mount Laurel, NJ

Shore Parkway Bridges Protective Coating


Shore Parkway, extending from the Gowanus Expressway to Cross-Bay Boulevard, contains 33 bridges. This protective coating project was initiated by the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) to prevent irreversible deterioration of bridge components in the adjacent marine environment. HAKS, in joint venture, provided Resident Engineering Inspection services to the NYCDOT, and coordinated construction staging to help maintain adequate vehicular and pedestrian traffic; designed and implemented maintenance and protection of traffic for all project locations as well as local streets; provided environmental health and safety coordination, including hazardous waste disposal monitoring and record keeping; coordinated with all affected community boards; and inspected and supervised the work. 

The $5.25 million project employed recyclable steel grit for blast cleaning to reduce hazardous and solid waste. The team simplified the waste disposal process by declaring all lead residues to be hazardous. Two work shifts per day helped to shorten the overall work schedule and minimized disruption to parkway traffic. In three locations, a non-traditional staging method was employed that utilized park grounds and grassy areas near the bridges, requiring reseeding under the supervision of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. 

A strict safety program included the use of scaffolding close to and over traffic, and resulted in no lost time for accidents. Throughout the project, worker health was monitored for lead levels as were the areas surrounding each structure. 

The project was substantially complete in August 2011, reducing the 24-month project schedule by 5 months. The project received the 2012 ACEC New York Silver Award for Engineering Excellence.