The new Tappan Zee Bridge isn’t just taking shape in our backyard. some 100 miles north of the Tappan Zee Bridge at the Port of Coeymans, dozens of workers are preparing to assemble the
steel beams that will support the road deck of the new crossing.
Some 100 miles north at the Port of Coeymans, dozens of workers are preparing to assemble the steel beams that will support the road deck of the new crossing.
“Very exciting,” said Carver Laraway, president of Carver Companies, which owns the Port of Coeymans, a 125-acre marine terminal on the Hudson River just outside Albany. “As far as you can see, it’s blue beams. Those are for the Tappan Zee.”
For the next several years, bridge builder Tappan Zee Constructors is leasing 16 acres, where crews will assemble huge sections of the new bridge before putting them on barges to the Tappan Zee site.
Tappan Zee crews are busy handling deliveries of American-made steel beams that are 80 to 110 feet long, Laraway said. The steel is arriving by both truck and barge. Once the beams have been organized, crews will attach the pieces to form segments that are up to 425 feet long and 30 to 40 feet wide. In the coming months, the sections will be shipped down the river and placed on top of the new bridge’s concrete piers.
In September, TZC’s operations at the site got off to a rocky start when the state Department of Environmental Conservation shut down work, citing lack of proper environmental permits. The agency was tipped off by Riverkeeper, an environmental advocacy group. In October, TZC was ordered to pay a $10,000 fine and give $55,000 to an environmental benefit project. TZC now has the necessary permits. (The port company was not involved in the incident.)
TZC declined comment on its operations at the port.
Laraway said he hopes other companies will consider using his facility for bridge projects, noting that transporting materials by water is safer and less disruptive than roads.
The port was used in 2010 to assemble the Willis Avenue Bridge replacement.
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