HNTB continues long-span bridge facilities inspection partnership with Delaware River Port Authority

Firm to conduct Commodore Barry Bridge biennial inspection, ensuring the on-going reliability and longevity of vital transportation link

PHILADELPHIA (April 22, 2024) – HNTB has been selected by the Delaware River Port Authority to conduct the biennial inspection of the Commodore Barry Bridge. Spanning 13,912 feet across the Delaware River, this cantilever through truss bridge is the longest of its kind in the United States and serves as a vital link between Chester, PA and Bridgeport, NJ.

“We take great pride in our longstanding collaboration with DRPA to ensure the safety, reliability and preservation of their long-span Delaware River crossings for the benefit of the traveling public,” remarked Jeremy Colello, PE, HNTB’s Pennsylvania office leader and vice president.

HNTB’s comprehensive inspection process will involve thorough field inspections and evaluations of all existing structures, including nonredundant steel tension members and fatigue-sensitive details across various spans. This includes underwater inspections, acoustical imaging of river piers and rock islands, ultrasonic testing of truss pins, and inspection of vibration dampeners. These efforts will culminate in the issuance of the 2024 Biennial Inspection Report, Bridge Condition Certificate and bridge inventory forms for Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

“Our proven, meticulous approach to inspecting DRPA’s signature structures has repeatedly demonstrated that HNTB can be counted on to deliver a thorough, well-organized and detailed inspection,” said Robert Salls, PE, HNTB project manager. “While working hand-in-hand with the ongoing maintenance activities of the DRPA and other construction contracts, our team methodically conducts close visual inspections of all transportation infrastructure associated with the facility, helping to support the continued safe operation of this critical structure.”