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Bridge Work Will Start Back Up This Week

Weather permitting, work will start back up on both shores and in the river.

Photo credit: Carlos Gonzalez
Photo credit: Carlos Gonzalez

Weather permitting, Tappan Zee Constructors will resume construction activity the week of Feb. 17, state officials said.

Work stopped with all the snow and ice—and cleaning it all off will be one of the first jobs. 

The marine work to install the foundations for the New NY Bridge includes the ongoing installation of permanent piles for the main span towers.

And that includes pile driving between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on weekdays, and occasionally between noon and 7 p.m. on Saturdays.

Construction will also continue on both shore lines and in the bridge assembly yard.

Officials have also spent the winter thinking about boating safety. Two people died in July when the speed boat they were passengers in crashed into a construction barge.

New temporary navigational lights have been installed to further define the 600-foot navigation channel under the main span. Both temporary and permanent piles are illuminated at night, officials said.

Also, the U.S. Coast Guard has issued a revised Notice to Mariners with updated safety information, including the establishment of a Regulated Navigation Area—300 yards north and 200 yards south of the existing Tappan Zee Bridge.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has issued a modified permit for additional temporary mooring locations during construction of the new bridge. 

Bridge officials said all boaters are advised to use the main channel, reduce wake and use extreme caution while transiting the area. If necessary, the Coast Guard may temporarily prohibit all vessel traffic in the RNA for safety purposes. The Coast Guard boating safety information and the modified mooring permit map can be found on the project website at NewNYBridge.com under the "Boater Safety" icon.

Ongoing Operations:

  • Permanent pile installation, including pile driving between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on weekdays, and occasionally between noon and 7 p.m. on Saturdays
  • Temporary Rockland trestle construction, including pile driving on weekdays between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Test pile program
  • Facility and site improvements at interchange 12 temporary facility
  • Rockland access ramp modifications
  • River Road utility work
  • Support for river-based work from the Rockland shoreline
  • Reinforcement steel pre-assembly at bridge yard
  • Survey inspections on existing bridge

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