The expansion of the Panama Canal in 2015 will provide an access route to American ports for the super container ships. Currently, the Bayonne Bridge clearance is 151 feet and is an obstacle for the super container ships to dock at Port Newark and the Elizabeth Port Authority Marine Terminals in New Jersey, and at Howland Hook on Staten Island, New York.
The project will raise the Bayonne Bridge deck by 64 feet, widening the lanes, shoulders, adding a median divider and a bike and pedestrian walkway. It also will provide the capability for future mass transit options across the span.
FINLEY Engineering Group is providing construction engineering for the precast concrete segmental approach structures built using a launching gantry. Services include integrated shop drawings, construction analysis and camber calculations, temporary support works, segment geometry, casting and erection evaluations, casting and erection manuals, post-tensioning calculations and stressing data, as well as design office support.
Jason Hatcher was employed as a Project Manager by FINLEY Engineering Group from June 2013 - December 2014. During that time, Jason performed many tasks on the Bayonne Bridge Navigational Clearance Program (Approaches) project, including;
- Constructability review of the approach substructure and superstructure components
- Fully integrated shop drawings for select CIP footings
- Fully integrated shop drawings for select precast substructure pier column segments
- Fully integrated shop drawings for select precast superstructure segments
- Fully integrated 3D models of select precast segments, including substructure pier column segments, pier caps, superstructure pier segments, anchor block segments and typical segments