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Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge is the world’s 10th-longest suspension span bridge. Located at the mouth of the upper New York Bay, the bridge not only connects Brooklyn with Staten Island, but is also a major link in the interstate highway system, providing the shortest route between the middle Atlantic states and Long Island.


This double decked structure carries 12 lanes of traffic over the Narrows and Belt Parkway. This bridge is a 13,200-foot-long double decked structure with a 4,260-foot-long main center suspension span flanked by two side spans each 1,215 feet long. WSP USA, formerly WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, performed the 2012 biennial inspection of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and previously completed the 2008, 2004 and 2000 biennial and 2009, 2005 and 2001 special inspection of this structure.

WSP utilized up to six inspection teams to perform the inspection and associated tasks. A variety of access methods were used that included high lifts, bucket trucks, underbridge inspection units, free climbing, and necessary MPT.

For the 2000 contract, the firm also inspected more than 1.5 million square feet of pavement on the Verrazano Narrows Bridge. The firm also performed the special inspection in 2009, 2005 and 2001.

In order to keep track of the inspection work performed on our TBTA projects, WSP has maintained and managed databases ranging in size up to more than 72,000 records.  The firm has also written thousands of lines of program code to create user interfaces and report routines.