Giant crane Left Coast Lifter on way to build new Tappan Zee Bridge

 Ocean voyage expected to take 6 to 8 weeks

LoHud December 31, 2013 Theresa Juva Brown

The gargantuan crane that will help build the new Tappan Zee Bridge is on its way.

New video released by bridge builder Tappan Zee Constructors shows the Left Coast Lifter passing under the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco this week as it begins its 6,000-mile voyage to the Hudson River. The journey is expected to take six to eight weeks. The 400-foot-long floating crane — one of the world’s largest — will travel down the West Coast, through the Panama Canal, across the Gulf of Mexico, up the East Coast and through New York Harbor.

The Left Coast Lifter, previously used on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge project, can lift 1,750 metric tons, or 12 times the weight of the Statue of Liberty. It will help install the huge deck panels on the new Tappan Zee and demolish the existing Tappan Zee in 2017.

The crane is owned by Fluor Corp. and American Bridge Co., two of the companies that make up Tappan Zee Constructors.



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