End of 'cattle chutes' on Walt Whitman

Redecking work on the Walt Whitman during the summer of 2012. The project could wrap up in the fall of 2013.
Redecking work on the Walt Whitman during the summer of 2012. The project could wrap up in the fall of 2013.
Posted: April 19, 2013

Traffic jams are easing on the Walt Whitman Bridge, as the $140 million redecking enters its final phase about six months ahead of schedule.

Construction crews removed concrete barriers Friday -- ending the so-called "cattle chutes" -- and DRPA chief engineer Michael Venuto said Wednesday that "if everything stays on track, we should be wrapping up this fall."

Originally, the work was to be completed in early 2014.

The seven-phase redecking project that began in 2010 includes removal of the suspended span, installation of a lightweight grid deck, structural improvements, new parapets, and a new steel-shell movable barrier.

Project updates are posted on a dedicated website, www.deckthewalt.com, and also may be heard on the Walt Whitman Bridge traffic advisory radio station at 530 AM.

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