In 2009, New York held a statewide celebration for the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s voyage to the new world and discovery of New Amsterdam. One pivotal project served as the state’s legacy gift for this celebration: “The Walkway over the Hudson.” Originally built in 1889, 120 years later, McLaren Engineering Group provided bridge inspection services to help keep it strongly suspended over the iconic Hudson River.
McLaren’s team of engineers went above and beyond for this bridge conversion project, performing challenging dive inspections and advanced underwater sonar imaging in the Hudson River to verify that the 10-story-tall timber caissons had ample remaining life and could provide the structure with “solid footing.” The firm also conducted a full climbing inspection of the structural steel trusses and helped design a conversation of the former railroad bridge into a pedestrian walkway. In 2010, this project was named “Best Of” by New York Construction News, and the Public Construction Project of the Year by the New York State Society of Professional Engineers.
In order to make the bridge more accessible to visitors, McLaren later designed a 21-story steel elevator to scale riders 200 feet above the water to enjoy the bridge and the views of New York’s Hudson River.