New York State Thruway Authority has GPS units installed on Tappan Zee Bridge construction barges

So far, eight GPS units have been installed,

So far, eight GPS units have been installed, with 150 more on the way. (Credit: News 12)

NYACK - The New York State Thruway Authority has ordered GPS units be installed on all construction barges and boats surrounding the Tappan Zee Bridge to ensure a safe boating season this year.

Three construction barges have come loose from their moorings since September, sending the boats floating down the Hudson River. The NYS Thruway Authority ordered a $1 million a month fine against Tappan Zee Constructors over the barge mishaps.

Brian Conybeare, Gov. Cuomo's special advisor on the new Tappan Zee Bridge, says safety is a priority when building the new bridge. So far, eight GPS units have been installed, with 150 more on the way. A "Geo Fence" will be created once all are installed and Conybeare says an alarm will go off if a boat breaks free and crosses it.

Tappan Zee Constructors did not return News 12's calls for comment on the pace of the GPS installations.

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