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Haley & Aldrich team honored for NYSDOT Hunts Point highway improvement project 

Traffic by the Bruckner Expressway.

Burlington, Mass., Jan. 17, 2024 – Haley & Aldrich’s team has earned the 2023 American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE) New York Metro Large Project of the Year Award for work on a high-profile highway improvement effort in the Bronx.  

Our team of geotechnical engineers, led by Senior Client Account Manager Paul Pizzimenti, guided foundation design and construction for improvements to Interstate 278, locally known as the Bruckner Expressway. The project — known as Hunts Point Contract 2 — expanded the highway and added new exit and entrance ramps to ease traffic congestion and air pollution near the Hunts Point Produce Market, which draws tens of thousands of vehicles to its densely populated South Bronx neighborhood every day. 

“Many of our team members have built careers on New York infrastructure projects like this one, with complex subsurface conditions and complex city working conditions,” said Pizzimenti. “So, it’s a particular honor to see this project — which really benefits its neighborhood — earn recognition.” 

The ASHE award recognizes civil engineering excellence on a project within New York City’s five boroughs. “Hunts Point Contract 2 stood out among a highly competitive field due to its complexity, innovative approach, social/economic considerations, safety, aesthetics, and sustainable features, and for exceeding established goals,” stated the announcement by the ASHE NY Metro panel of judges. The Hunts Point Contract 2 project won in ASHE’s Large Project category, which honors endeavors with budgets over $20 million. 

For this design-build contract, Haley & Aldrich worked alongside contractors El Sol Contracting and DeFoe Corp. and design firm Greenman-Pedersen, bringing a highly collaborative approach, extensive experience performing New York City subsurface explorations, and a long relationship with the New York State Department of Transportation. Other members of the Haley & Aldrich team included lead foundation engineer Ed Zamiskie and project engineers Stefano Bruni, Tyler Poggiogalle, Lindsay Fernandez, and Kendi Bailey. 

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