HUNTS POINT TRUCK ACCESS STUDY, ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT (EIS)
Hunts Point Truck Access Study, Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), Bronx, NY
At over 300 acres and $2 billion in revenue generated, the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center, located in the Hunts Point Peninsula section of the Bronx, is the largest in the world. However, it lacks direct access to the adjacent Bruckner Expressway (I-278). The purpose of this project was to determine the feasibility and effect of providing connecting ramps between the Bruckner Expressway and the Hunts Point Peninsula. As a supplement to the extensive data collection effort, existing information and data were used from previous studies including the Bruckner/Sheridan Interchange EIS, Bruckner Viaduct Rehabilitation Project, Arthur Sheridan Enhancement Project, and the NYCDOT TIGER II study.
SIMCO developed balanced existing traffic volume networks for 85 intersections during nine time periods using traffic count data. SIMCO also developed balanced future No Action condition volumes for these time periods out to 2025, 2035, and 2055. The balanced future Build condition volumes for 2025, 2035, and 2055 were developed using AIMSUM model output that considered the proposed changes in the traffic network and new ramp connections.
SIMCO conducted existing and future conditions intersection capacity analyses using Synchro for the 85 study intersections during four peak time periods. Mitigation measures were developed for impacted intersections including signal timing and progression along both the local and express Bruckner Boulevard corridor roadways for the Design Report and EIS and as inputs for air quality and noise analyses. Travel time runs were recorded along key routes through the study area for calibrating the AIMSUM model. Highway, accident, and parking analyses were also conducted as part of the study.
KOSCIUSZKO BRIDGE REPLACEMENT
Kosciuszko Bridge Replacement Project consists of two separate phases to replace the current span which are comprised of two separate bridges, an eastbound structure and a westbound structure. Phase I consisted of the construction of the eastbound main span and approach structures adjacent to the existing structure, and the reconstruction of the connector roadways.
The new eastbound main span and reconstruction of the connector roadways, and opening of two way traffic along the eastbound main span, are now complete.
Phase II, expected to be completed under a different contract, and would consist of the construction of the westbound main span.
SIMCO provided the Traffic Engineering support for the project during Phase 1 of construction. The scope included collecting and recording complete inventories of existing project area traffic signals, lighting and signing, reviewing, designing and obtaining approval for the proposed modifications to the Detour Plans.
Additionally, SIMCO designed all temporary and permanent traffic signals as well as the Brooklyn- Queens Expressway (BQE) and local street lighting impacted by construction. Furthermore, SIMCO prepared pavement marking and signing design along BQE and the local streets.
Lastly, it should be noted that the Kosciuszko Bridge Replacement Project is a Design/Build project contract.
Owner: New York State Department of Transportation
Client: HNTB New York Engineering and Architecture, P.C.
Contact: André Luboff, P.E.
Tel: (973) 434-3100
Dates of Service: 04/2014 – 12/2017