Pedelta collaborated in the development of the tender bid proposal for the Goethals Bridge Replacement Project in New York. The proposed plan featured an iconic cablestayed bridge linking Newark (NJ) and Staten Island (NY), with 900 ft central span over the Arthur Kill. In addition, two approach viaducts were proposed, and the total structure length was 7165 ft. The demolition of the existing bridge and its approaches was also a part of the project.
The two outward inclined planes of cables were arranged symmetrically about the pylons, and the typical spacing between stays were 33 ft. The Newark International Airport limited the height of the pylons, and the fluvial traffic imposed a high vertical clearance, resulting in a quasi-extradosed stays arrangement. The 158 ft wide composite platform consisted of steel edge girders and concrete deck. The bridge would accommodate six 12 ft wide vehicular traffic lanes. In addition, the design left a 29 ft wide clear space between the eastbound and westbound structures for the future mass transit corridor (MTC). Located outside of the north cable plane, a 10 ft wide sidewalk/bikeway is supported by cantilever steel brackets.
Additional design features include relocating the 115 ft tall inclined main pylons to the outside of the roadway decks and utilizing two inclined planes of cables instead of four. These design features enhance visual quality, increase flexibility for the future use of the bridge deck, and facilitates more efficient construction of the future MTC.