Greenville Yard is the western terminus of the current railcar transfer float (barge) system, which operates between Jersey City and 65th Street Rail Yard on the Brooklyn waterfront. The barge system that moves goods across the New York Harbor has been in existence since before the growth of the national highway system and before the construction of vehicular bridges spanning the Hudson River.
The Port Authority of NY & NJ redeveloped the Greenville Yard to increase the amount of freight moved by rail, thereby reducing the region's dependence on trucks. The project encompasses multiple areas of improvement including temporary repairs to Bridge #11, its slip and fender system; demolition of existing Bridges #9, 10 and 12, construction of new transfer Bridges #9 and 10, reconstruction of existing upland support tracks and construction of new tracks and barges to the improved facility.
Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers (MRCE) provided geotechnical and marine engineering services for the demolition and reconstruction of the bridges and fender systems and the upland support tracks. MRCE services include assisting the Port Authority with developing and conducting the subsurface investigation program, developing soil and seismic design parameters for settlement analyses and new foundations, assisting the team with evaluating the condition of the existing bridge foundations and fender systems to develop designs for the temporary repair of Bridge #11, demolition of existing bridges and design of foundations for the new bridges and fender systems, along with construction cost estimates, construction schedule and construction support services