NYCDOT Bridge Wind Monitoring

Post-Hurricane Sandy, the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) decided to collect more wind data on the City’s bridges to ensure the safety of people and motor vehicles during any high wind event. NYCDOT contracted Weston to design and assist in the installation of two bridge weather stations.

Weston provided design, assembly, and field installation of two wind monitoring stations on the Brooklyn and Queensboro Bridges, located mid-span on each bridge. The stations continuously monitor wind speed and direction using rugged, marine-grade sonic anemometers. The stations were programmed using digital data loggers that record wind conditions and configured the data telemetry system for the two wind monitoring stations. The anemometers transmit data in real time to the NYCDOT information network using internet modems. The modems also allow a simple current conditions web page to be accessed directly.