company also installed new light poles and LED lumi-
naires on nearby streets in Brooklyn and Queens.
E-J Electric crews built in traffic and pedes-
trian signals at several major intersections
within the project limits, running approxi-
mately 10,000 feet of traffic-signal cable
overhead and underground. In addition, the
project required a complete fiber ITS net-
work connecting Brooklyn and Queens. It
included traffic cameras, remote traffic micro-
wave sensors (RTMS) and travel time data.
For full-system redundancy, E-J Electric pro-
vided two complete power services from each side.
The contractor also installed two nondirectional bea-
cons required by the Federal Aviation Administration on
the pylons and six navigation lights over the creek.
A total of 30 electricians were on-site at peak. Until the
roadways met the bridge, they typically used 125-foot lifts or
stair towers to access their work. Spider lifts were installed in
both pylons for lighting installations.
Because of access and safety concerns, the electricians had to
be certified to do traffic work, including fiber splicing and boom
truck operation, as well as trained in fall protection.
When finished, NYSDOT will operate the bridge’s system.
Under a separate contract with the agency, E-J Electric maintains the ITS in all five boroughs.
New York Gov. Cuomo unveiled the new bridge lights at the
New York Harbor of Lights event in May.
The 6,000-foot-long Queens-Midtown Tunnel (QMT) has
undergone a complete rehabilitation following Superstorm
Sandy in 2012. With 40 percent of the tunnel submerged under
12 million gallons of corrosive salt water, the tunnel’s damage
E-J Electric Installation Co.
connects the boroughs
Left, E-J journeymen atop the
“Unicorn” install conduit to feed
wall-mounted fixtures in the QMT.
An E-J employee
wires a 40-foot
light pole on the
LEDs illuminate the main tunnel