The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge is a double-deck suspension bridge connecting the boroughs of Staten Island and Brooklyn in New York City. In 2012, Tutor Perini was awarded a project to replace the upper-level deck of the bridge. As part of this new project, the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) required quick delivery of flexible access control solutions while the construction of barrier walls was taking place. In 2017, the MTA selected Versilis to provide automated warning gates at two critical locations on the bridge.
The Verrazano Bridge has two series of gates installed for specific purposes. The first set of gates is used to control access to a ramp connecting the bridge’s upper-level deck to its lower-level deck. The second set of gates is implemented to enhance the efficiency of repetitive traffic control associated with the bridge’s zipper lane operation.
Versilis’ technical team worked together with the design engineers to determine the optimal gate layout for these two access points, prioritizing safety and efficiency. The automated ramp and lane closure solution allows local control of the gates using push buttons located in nearby cabinets. Additionally, Versilis Commander was installed at both locations, allowing remote control of the gates from the Traffic Management Center (TMC). This integration provides convenient and centralized management of the gates, enhancing overall operational efficiency.