New York City’s high-speed rail is set to be replaced in 2019 with a bridge that will take up almost half of the span, a design that will create a major change in the city’s skyline.
The $1.3bn project is being developed by the Brooklyn-based engineering firm Zephyr and Associates, and the project’s design will be unveiled on Tuesday at a ceremony in Brooklyn that is expected to attract more than 100,000 people.
The bridge is a major public-private collaboration and has been in the works for years.
“This bridge is designed for speed,” Brooklyn mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement announcing the ceremony.
He added: “We are building a new Brooklyn for the 21st century.
We will have the most spectacular, best-equipped bridge in the world.”
A $1 billion bridge will replace a span that was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
While New York will not be without its own bridge anytime soon, the bridge is likely to be built at a cost of more than $1 trillion, as the US Federal Highway Administration and the US Department of Transportation have said.
The bridge will be the largest bridge in US history and the second-largest in the developed world.
Zephyr is best known for its work on the Brooklyn Bridge in New York and its design for the $4.6bn Sydney Harbour Bridge.
It has also designed the Manhattan Bridge, the Brooklyn Parkway, the Grand Central Terminal, and many other major bridges.
More to come.