Steel girders float to new Tappan Zee Bridge

Progress on the new Tappan Zee Bridge is continuing as more material for the new span arrives via the Hudson River.

A 400-foot-long steel girder was the first of three 1,110-ton steel girders to arrive. It was built by engineers at the Port of Coeymans near Albany.

The girders will help to support the roadway of the span, connecting Westchester to Rockland.

The remaining beams will be loaded on barges and brought on a 14-hour trip down the Hudson River to the construction site in Tarrytown.

"It's a way to help us prefabricate huge sections of the bridge where it's safer, more efficient and frankly less expensive, and then you use the river to your advantage and bring these huge sections down the river," says Brian Conybeare, special advisor to the governor on the project.

That advantage also includes keeping roadways clear of additional trucks, which will help keep traffic flowing.

The huge girders will be lifted up and put into place by the giant "I Lift NY" super crane.

The first girder is expected to be put into place as early as next week.

 

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