When the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets decided to call Brooklyn’s new Barclays Center home, the community needed a major infrastructure facelift. Our team partnered with project sponsor Forest City Ratner Companies to design a new subway entrance, vehicular bridge, and other improvements to accommodate the arena. These upgrades now make it easier to get to and from one of the country’s busiest—and hippest—neighborhoods.
Making way for the new arena meant reconfiguring the active Long Island Rail Road tracks that lead into the underground station. These tracks carry some of the busiest commuter rail lines in the country: up to 20 trains enter and leave the rail yard on any given day.
Part of the design involved reconstructing the Carlton Avenue Bridge to provide enough clearance for trains in the newly reconfigured rail yard. The catch? The trains had to keep running throughout bridge construction.
The plan called for excavation on the north side of the yard and a rebuild of half the bridge. This would allow the trains to use the tracks on the other side. Once that half was complete, the whole thing would get flipped. Excavation would take place on the south side while construction would happen on the other half of the bridge.
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