On the New Waterfront

by Colin Richardson, P.E., (M.ASCE), Staff Services Engr.; Port Authority of New York and New Jersey,
John Lizzo, P.E., (M.ASCE), Sr. Engr.; Port Authority of New York and New Jersey,
Phillip Dinh, Manager of Port Planning and Development Projects; Port Authority of New York and New Jersey,
Dwight Woodson, Manager of the New Jersey Waterfront; Port Authority of New York and New Jersey,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 2000, Vol. 70, Issue 2, Pg. 60-63

Document Type: Feature article


The Hoboken South Waterfront along the Hudson River is being relandscaped to create parks and streets on new and existing deck structures in a joint project of the city of Hoboken, New Jersey, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The structural and geotechnical challenges that the engineers faced included determining which existing decks and piles could be salvaged for reuse. If new decks were required, they had to decide how best to construct them given the existing subsurface conditions, the marine environment, and the roadway and landscape architectural requirements. They also had to keep loadings on the existing decks within allowable limits while satisfying the change in topographic grades. It was also necessary to anticipate the additional rehabilitation measures that might be required for the existing deck and its piles. How to drain and insulate the fills to protect the deck against deterioration from moisture was another consideration.

Subject Headings: Decks | Piles | Existing buildings | Waterfront structures | Urban areas | Topography | Subsurface environment

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