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Engineers recognized for making RFK Bridge cleaner, quieter, faster

The team behind a new ramp on the Harlem River Drive has been recognized by the American Council of Engineering Companies New York (ACEC NY) with a Diamond Award as part of the 2021 New York Engineering Excellence Awards.

Parsons Corporation announced today that the company’s work on New York City’s RFK Bridge – the Harlem River Drive North Connector Ramp – was honored. Parsons served as the design lead on the project working with Judlau Contracting, Inc.

The project was carried out on behalf of the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority, a division of the MTA, to provide a connection between the RFK Bridge to Harlem River Drive’s northbound lanes.

The new ramp has decreased congestion, reduced noise pollution, eliminated 2,500 tons of CO2-equivalent per year, and improved the quality of life in neighboring East Harlem, while providing a shorter and safer route for travelers.


“This prestigious award acknowledges the immense talent and dedication that went into this project,” said Seth Condell, vice president for Parsons. “Our team is proud to deliver a complex structure, designed for durability, which improves the experience for neighbors and commuters alike, and do it all ahead of schedule.  This award comes on the heels of a national Design-Build Institute of America award, which recognized the aspects of “Design-Build Done Right,” by shaving four months off of an aggressive schedule, cutting costs, and delivering excellence through the height of the pandemic.”

Parsons provided design engineering and construction support services on the project. The ramp was designed to maximize durability of the structure and reduce inspection and maintenance costs, while minimizing disruption to traffic.

The completed ramp opened to traffic in November 2020. ACEC NY’s Engineering Excellence Awards is an annual competition that recognizes New York engineering firms for complexity, innovation, and value to society.

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