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Eastern Cutting Team Saw Cut Openings For BQE Inspection

Eastern Cutting Corp. Featured in Concrete Openings Article

Eastern Cutting Corp. was featured in Concrete Openings Article, “Brooklyn-Queens Expressway”
Posted on March 9th, 2017

Eastern Cutting Team Chosen To Saw Cut for BQE Inspection, Reconstruction

Eastern Cutting Corp., a CSDA member based in The Bronx, New York, was chosen by general contractor Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc. to saw cut openings in the exterior stone-facing wall of the bridge, which would allow access to enclosed areas for engineers to inspect existing conditions prior to the reconstruction process. The roadway, built almost 70 years ago, had already been deemed to be in desperate need of repair with some suggestions it was 10 years past its originally-intended lifespan. In order to avoid lengthy—and expensive—shutdowns in the coming years to carry out emergency repairs, the BQE Atlantic to Sands Project was devised.

“I believe we were selected for this particular project based on our past performance in and around New York City’s many high-profile construction projects,” explained Joseph Neos, owner of Eastern Cutting Corp. “The building of relationships with job specifiers and general contractors has proven to be the most vital factor in securing work on projects like the BQE.”

Diamond Cutter Provides Access for Critical Inspections of Aging Roadway

A general contractor in New York was recently tasked with the in-depth inspection of the Brooklyn—Queens Expressway’s (BQE) triple cantilever bridge as part of a $1.7-billion reconstruction project. The inspections specified a need for the creation of 3-foot-wide by 2-foot-tall access openings and door installations in the bridge structure, so the search began for a specialty sawing and drilling contractor to perform the work.

The New York City Department of Transportation’s BQE Atlantic to Sands Project is part of the City’s 10-year plan to improve the 0.4-mile-long reinforced concrete, multi-level structure. The planned construction will provide this section of roadway with a new deck, new ramps, new drainage and lighting with fewer joints and geometry improvements to create an overall safer drive for the 140,000+ commuters who use it each day.


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