Due to a vast construction project, drivers using the Bradley Avenue and Woolley Avenue overpasses will soon face nearly two years of diversions.
In June, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced a $46 million investment to renovate four Staten Island Expressway (SIE) flyover bridges, including the Bradley Avenue and Woolley Avenue overpasses.
“New York State is committed to rebuilding our infrastructure and ensuring that our transportation network remains safe and reliable, which will allow our economy to grow and keep our communities vibrant,” Hochul said.
The project comprises structural repairs and the construction of new bridge decks, intended to extend the overpasses’ lifespan by 40 years and reduce the need for future maintenance.
To facilitate the mammoth project, the overpasses will be reduced to two travel lanes, and traffic will be restricted to one direction on each bridge beginning Friday, Sept. 16, and lasting until early spring 2024.
The Woolley Avenue flyover is solely for southbound traffic, whereas the Bradley Avenue overpass, about a half-mile down the service road, is only for northbound traffic.
Drivers on Bradley Avenue traveling south will be detoured right onto North Gannon Avenue, left over the Woolley Avenue overpass, and then left onto South Gannon Avenue.
Trucks will face even longer delays along Victory Boulevard, with the state Department of Transportation posting signage in the area for both vehicle and truck detours (NYSDOT).
The project will comprise concrete bridge deck replacements and the construction of new walkways and steel bearings at both overpasses.
The new bridge decks will feature “link slabs” rather than typical bridge joints, projected to reduce the routine maintenance required.
The structural steel beams and concrete on the pier columns and abutments will be rebuilt, and new pedestrian fencing and concrete barriers will be installed to replace the steel bridge railings.
Polyester Polymer Concrete (PPC) will be used in the project to give waterproofing protection to the new concrete surfaces.
Utilities will be updated along both flyover bridges, and new LED lighting will be put beneath to increase expressway sight at night.
In addition, affected junctions will be resurfaced, pavement markings will be added, and new street lighting, accessible pedestrian signals, and curb ramps will be installed.