RTE I278 over City Streets, EAST RIVER


+40.79883, -73.91919
40°47'56" N, 73°55'09" W


Source: National Bridge Inventory. Information not verified; use at your own risk.
Name:RTE I278 over City Streets, EAST RIVER
Structure number:000000005521889
Purpose:Carries highway and pedestrian walkway over highway and waterway
Route classification:Principal Arterial - Interstate (Urban) [11]
Tolls:Yes [1]
Length of largest span:1380.0 ft. [420.6 m]
Total length:13110.5 ft. [3995.9 m]
Roadway width between curbs:90.6 ft. [27.6 m]
Deck width edge-to-edge:98.1 ft. [29.9 m]
Vertical clearance above deck:14.4 ft. [4.4 m]
Vertical clearance below bridge:137.8 ft. [42.0 m]
Owner:Local Toll Authority [32]
Year built:1936
Year reconstructed:2008
Historic significance:Historical significance is not determinable at this time [4]
Design load:MS 18 / HS 20 [5]
Number of main spans:3
Main spans material:Steel [3]
Main spans design:Suspension [13]
Deck type:Other [9]
Wearing surface:Integral Concrete (separate non-modified layer of concrete added to structural deck) [2]

Latest Available Inspection: October 2016

Good/Fair/Poor Condition:Fair
Status:Open, no restriction [A]
Average daily traffic:99,475 [as of 2011]
Truck traffic:9% of total traffic
Deck condition:Satisfactory [6 out of 9]
Superstructure condition:Fair [5 out of 9]
Substructure condition:Satisfactory [6 out of 9]
Structural appraisal:Somewhat better than minimum adequacy to tolerate being left in place as is [5]
Deck geometry appraisal:Basically intolerable requiring high priority of replacement [2]
Underclearances appraisal:Basically intolerable requiring high priority of corrrective action [3]
Water adequacy appraisal:Meets minimum tolerable limits to be left in place as is [4]
Roadway alignment appraisal:Better than present minimum criteria [7]
Channel protection:Bank is beginning to slump. River control devices and embankment protection have widespread minor damage. There is minor stream bed movement evident. Debris is restricting the channel slightly. [6]
Pier/abutment protection:Navigation protection not required [1]
Scour condition:Bridge foundations determined to be stable for assessed or calculated scour condition. [5]
Sufficiency rating:41.0
Recommended work:Widening of existing bridge with deck rehabilitation or replacement. [34]
Estimated cost of work:$792,800,000

Previous Inspections

DateConditionDeckSuperstructureSubstructureADTSuff. Rating
October 2016FairSatisfactoryFairSatisfactory9947541.0
October 2014FairSatisfactoryFairSatisfactory15482640.8
October 2012FairSatisfactoryFairSatisfactory15480040.8
October 2010FairSatisfactoryFairSatisfactory11620040.8
November 2008FairSatisfactoryFairFair16563340.8
October 2006FairSatisfactoryFairSatisfactory16440042.0
October 2004FairFairFairFair11620042.1
October 2002PoorPoorPoorPoor11620025.1
October 2000PoorPoorPoorPoor11620025.1
November 1998PoorPoorPoorPoor11620028.1
October 1996PoorSeriousPoorSerious1162002.0
October 1994PoorSeriousSeriousSerious1172002.0
November 1992PoorSeriousSeriousSerious1308360.0
November 1990PoorSeriousSeriousSerious1308360.0

Element Data

Source: National Bridge Elements dataset, 2018 edition. This feature is experimental.
Steel Girder/Beamlinear ft.75,73944,62530,5485651
Steel Protective Coatingsq. ft.999,224734,669219,48430,51314,558
Steel Stringerlinear ft.147,215116,40329,4421,29575
Steel Protective Coatingsq. ft.1,246,0941,014,295177,96927,83825,992
Reinforced Concrete Decksq. ft.1,196,713418,561736,88641,22937
Wearing Surfacessq. ft.1,169,890954,046182,59833,2460
Steel Trusslinear ft.8,3935,4272,940260
Steel Protective Coatingsq. ft.534,130489,76543,8295333
Reinforced Concrete Archlinear ft.40127210
Steel Main Cablelinear ft.6,2716,23126140
Steel Protective Coatingsq. ft.54,95644,4762,9903,6103,880
Steel Secondary Cableeach186218400
Steel Protective Coatingsq. ft.23,27223,05821400
Steel Floor Beamlinear ft.58,52243,79113,0521,6736
Steel Protective Coatingsq. ft.951,474777,121141,62516,95615,772
Steel Pin or Pin & Hangar Assemblyeach52182950
Steel Protective Coatingsq. ft.1,2001,200000
Steel Gusset Plateeach7163103011050
Steel Protective Coatingsq. ft.65,73451,56613,9921760
Steel Columneach6846400
Steel Protective Coatingsq. ft.41,42038,2533,087080
Reinforced Concrete Columneach60130629140
Steel Column Tower/Trestlelinear ft.1,05201,05200
Steel Protective Coatingsq. ft.280,530256,39924,13100
Reinforced Concrete Pier Walllinear ft.831278532210
Reinforced Concrete Abutmentlinear ft.302139150130
Reinforced Concrete Pile Cap/Footinglinear ft.1,8241,824000
Steel Pier Caplinear ft.4404040
Reinforced Concrete Pier Caplinear ft.12,3145,7865,600813115
Corrugated or Orthotropic Decksq. ft.291,240290,92031730
Wearing Surfacessq. ft.272,540272,540000
Steel Protective Coatingsq. ft.405,854390,54414,8941415
Strip Seal Jointlinear ft.20,6124283,69016,40292
Compression Jointlinear ft.3,273003,2730
Assembly with Sealeach3800030773
Other Jointlinear ft.1,223001,19825
Elastomeric Bearingeach2,0926681,401230
Steel Protective Coatingsq. ft.10,5843,3765,8721,3360
Movable Bearingeach43113803380
Steel Protective Coatingsq. ft.1,85623848635350
Fixed Bearingeach35327302240
Steel Protective Coatingsq. ft.1,604154690544216
Pot Bearingeach42271500
Steel Protective Coatingsq. ft.460313123240
Other Bearingeach102800
Bridge Rail
Steel or Aluminum Bridge Raillinear ft.31,82123,7447,9391380
Steel Protective Coatingsq. ft.140,499140,01448320
Reinforced Concrete Bridge Raillinear ft.51,85921,26730,2883040