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Partial weekend closures are permitting steel repairs and deck replacement on portions of the aging 3.5 mile long Gowanus Expressway

Gowanus Expressway Redecking Starts

Following the terrible events of September 11, most New York City con- struction projects that had an impact on movement of traffic were temporarily suspended. The 3.5 mile (5.8 km) long Gowanus Expressway carries 190,000 vehicles per day, and is one of the major lifelines in the area. For that reason, the weekend deck replacement project was immediately closed down for the winter. This allowed free movement of con- struction and emergency vehicles to Ground Zero, and also freed up many New York City area construction work-

ers eager to do what they could to help out. Bob Hartig of Grace/El Sol, the contractor on the Gowanus project, was one of many people who put in many long hours of grueling work immediate- ly following the tragedy. We are proud of Bob and his colleagues.

The Gowanus Expressway has always been a controversial project, from well before it opened to traffic in 1941. It divided a close knit community, and required the demolition of hundreds of buildings, both residential and industri- al. In the mid 1950’s the structure was

Contractor Grace/El Sol designed lifting devices that lock in place to assure safety

Trucks deliver the 38 ft. x 8 ft. precast Exodermic panels directly from Faddis Concrete Products’ yard in Pennsylvania

widened, and hundreds more buildings were condemned and removed to make way for what became a six lane struc- ture. Many schemes have been proposed to replace the aging structure, including a new tunnel just off shore, but there are many political, financial, and environ- mental hurdles to replacing the Gowanus. Meanwhile, the condition of the structure, and the deck in particular, continues to worsen. For years, NYS- DOT has let contracts for emergency repairs, including a great deal of full and partial depth repairs to the concrete deck. With the current contract, the

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