J.H. Reid

When traveling through New York and New Jersey, as well as other areas of the Northeast, most likely you will do so on a stretch of highway that was constructed by J.H. Reid General Contractor. The company has been building roads in the region for nearly five decades. A heavy highway and site contractor, J.H. Reid specializes in unique and difficult projects.

The company has built large highway interchanges, bridges, retaining walls, railroad yards and stations, water treatment plants, co-gen facilities, and many other civil construction projects.

J.H. Reid performs the majority of its work for government agencies, with its biggest clients being the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), New Jersey Transit and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. It says it is a leader in heavy construction in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area, but also provides construction services to the private sector. Jim Reid founded the company in 1963, beginning with contracts for small site work and pump stations. However, J.H. Reid says Reid had an aggressive vision for the company, and in the 1980s it branched into airport paving and highway bridge construction.

The company credits key jobs – such as runway projects at Stewart Air Force Base in New York, and bridge projects for the New Jersey Turnpike at Exit 6 and for the New Jersey Department of Transportation on Route 34 in Matawan – for building a name for the work of J.H. Reid.  “It became clear that J.H. Reid preferred to do work themselves and limited subcontracts to specialty work,” it says. “By doing this, J.H. Reid was able to control work on projects and consistently delivered projects ahead of schedule.”J.H. Reid paved close to 20 miles of interstate highway with concrete along I-287 in northern New Jersey.  

It also completed two links for the Trenton Complex interchange including Route 29/129 in 1995. Jim Reid’s son, Eric Reid, took over leadership of J.H. Reid in 2004. “Eric shares the vision of his father: to provide quality construction work on time and under budget,” the company says. “Armed with a management staff averaging nearly 20 years of experience at J.H. Reid, Eric is preparing to take J.H. Reid into an exciting and successful future.”

A New BridgeJ.H. Reid is at work on the replacement of the existing drawbridge over Shrewsbury River in Monmouth County for the NJDOT. The $124.5 million project began in February 2008 and will be completed in May 2011. The existing bridge was built in 1932, and J.H. Reid says it has reached the end of its service life.The new Route 36 Highlands Bridge is 1,610 feet long over nine spans and was constructed using precast segments.

River piers are to be founded on 54-inch prestressed concrete cylinder piles, with the piers created with post-tensioned, precast construction. In addition, two pedestrian bridges, retaining walls and approach highway work from all sides of the new bridge, including a new entrance to Sandy Hook National Recreation Area, are being built. The bridge connects Sea Bright and Atlantic Highlands in New Jersey.

Two fixed-span precast segmental concrete box girder structures will provide a 65-foot vertical clearance over the Shrewsbury River. There will be two 12-foot lanes for traffic in each direction with a median barrier. To build the bridge, precast concrete cofferdams are floated into place above driven piles, then filled with concrete for bridge footings. The precast box girders were built using a balanced cantilever method with ground-based and barge-based cranes. Bridge segments are being constructed with short-line precasting, with four separate segmental superstructures with typical lengths of 180 feet to 235 feet. Deck widths range from 26 feet to 46 feet. Traffic is maintained over the river without interruption.

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