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Part of I-278, the Gowanus Expressway

takes drivers from Brooklyn to Staten Island,

passing urban residential neighborhoods,

commercial areas, and over the Gowanus

Canal. The expressway was once an elevated

train structure that was converted in the

1930s into part of the highway system.

It’s been the focus of the New York State

Department of Transportation for many

years, in part because it hadn’t received a

major rehabilitation since the 1960s and had

fallen into a state of disrepair.

Since 2005, HAKS has been a part of the

revitalization project. At the time, Alberto

Villaman was the resident engineer on the

first part of the project, which ran through

2009. HAKS was awarded over $150 million

worth of work on the repair, which included

half a million square feet of deck.

“Our work on the first part of the repair led

us to win work for the second phase, this

time at $200 million. The client trusted our

ability to do good work, and has selected

us for steel repair for the third phase of


The second stage of construction is coming

to an end this year, and HAKS will begin

work on the third phase.