Mill Creek Pedestrian Bridge Replacement – Jersey City, NJ
Jersey City was just one of many towns that sustained significant damage from Super Storm Sandy. The storm destroyed the City’s existing pedestrian bridge, which connected the Jersey Avenue/Grand Street corridor with the area south of the Mill Creek/Liberty Harbor Marina, located near the Liberty Science Center and Liberty State Park. This pedestrian bridge was a key link for Jersey City residents, bikers and joggers to access Liberty State Park’s recreational areas from downtown.
T&M was contacted about the urgent assignment to replace the bridge by Memorial Day or early June 2013. T&M provided concept planning, design, contract document review, bid advertisement and community outreach. The design process included extensive coordination with City staff, Liberty State Park officials and concerned community groups to ensure citizen input was included. The replacement bridge is a 120’ single span pedestrian steel Truss bridge, 10’ wide and designed to accommodate future flood events. Under special NJDEP emergency permitting, in-kind emergency replacement was achieved quickly with the replacement bridge having the same footprint to comply with NJDEP Sandy-related Administrative Order No.2012-13.
The bridge officially opened to pedestrians and bicyclists at a ceremony on May 24, 2013, ahead of schedule.