Here at the New NY Bridge project, one of our priorities is keeping members of the community, like you, informed throughout the construction process. To that end, we would like to share our Winter 2016 Magazine,which chronicles the project’s latest developments.

In this issue:

  • Project Update: Substructure Nears Completion
  • Construction Update: Forging Strength
  • Educational Outreach: Inspiring Young Minds


Please enjoy the New NY Bridge Magazine.



Holiday Travel this week on the TZ Bridge

The new NY bridge

For immediate release: December 19, 2014


All lanes of the New York State Thruway (I-87/I-287) will remain open from Wednesday, Dec. 24 through Sunday, Dec. 28 to help New Yorkers reach their winter holiday destinations. The five-day, lane-closure-free period follows Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s “Drivers First” initiative, which gives priority to motorists by ensuring that disruptions associated with highway and bridge projects are kept as minimal as possible.

While Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC) will continue working in several areas of the project during the week of Dec. 22, none of the planned activities will result in the closure of any traffic lanes. No construction work is scheduled for Christmas Day, Thursday, Dec. 25, though safety and security teams will remain on site.

20-Minute closures of the north- and southbound Thruway and other lane closures scheduled for overnight Friday, Dec. 19
The removal of an overhead sign gantry near exit 10 in South Nyack will require the closure of three lanes of the southbound New York State Thruway (I-87/I-287) during the overnight of Friday, Dec. 19. Two lanes will be closed at 9 p.m., followed by a third lane at 12 midnight. One lane will remain open, other than during the periodic complete closures detailed below. The three closed lanes will reopen at 7 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 20.

The operation also will require a series of 20-minute closures of all four lanes on both the north- and southbound Thruway between the hours of 11:59 p.m., Friday, December 19 and 6 a.m., Saturday, December 20. To ensure the safety of the public, the New York State Police will stop and hold all traffic approaching the gantry removal operation immediately before the closures go into effect. Motorists will be permitted to enter the Thruway from all ramps during the closures.

Travelers are advised that delays are likely on both directions of the Thruway during the overnight operation.

Continued Demolition of Westchester Landing of Existing Tappan Zee Bridge
Following the removal of sections of deck of the existing Tappan Zee Bridge to make way for the new bridge, the associated supporting piers are being demolished. The majority of this work, which will clear the path for the northbound bridge’s landing and first foundation pier, will be completed during daytime hours.

Pile Driving and Other Construction Activity
Construction will continue in the Hudson River as crews place the foundations of the new bridge. Work will include pile driving from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Wednesday and noon to 7 p.m., Saturday. No pile driving will occur on Christmas Day, Thursday, Dec. 25 or Friday Dec. 26.

A second shift of workers also will continue pile welding, pile cleanout and concrete placement operations associated with foundations.

Work is continuing on the new bridge’s landings on both sides of the river.

Additional work includes:

  • Pile cap foundation construction
  • Main span foundation construction
  • River Road utility work
  • Support for river-based work from the Rockland trestle
  • Survey inspections on existing bridge

Boater Safety
The U.S. Coast Guard has established a Safety Zone surrounding 16 construction barge mooring locations at the project site. No unauthorized vessels are allowed in the Safety Zone. In addition, marine law enforcement will be enforcing the rules of the expanded Regulated Navigation Areas (RNAs) east and west of the Safety Zone. The RNAs stretch 500 yards north and 500 yards south of the existing bridge. Boaters are urged to transit the main channel with no wake at a maximum speed of 5 knots, and to use extreme caution on the river at all times.

More New NY Bridge boater safety information, including the U.S. Coast Guard Notice to Mariners and construction site maps, can be found here at An interactive map showing vessel locations on the Hudson River is also available here for recreational and commercial boaters to get updated information on this very active construction zone. The GPS tracking map is for informational purposes and not intended for navigation.

Mariners also should be aware that TZC will continue work in the vicinity of the side channels under the existing bridge. Additional temporary navigational lights have been installed to further define the 600-foot navigation channel under the main span. Permanent elements of the new bridge are lit per U.S. Coast Guard requirements, as are all moorings, barges and other equipment.

All lane closures are subject to change due to traffic, weather or emergency situations. Please visit for real-time information regarding traffic conditions.

Super Crane to Travel up the Hudson 10/6/2014


For immediate release: October 5, 2014


The I Lift NY super crane, one of the world’s largest floating cranes, is scheduled to travel from New York harbor up the Hudson River to the New NY Bridge project site on Monday morning October 6.

The giant crane, which will help build the new bridge and remove the old bridge more quickly and economically, is expected to leave its berth early Monday morning and arrive at the project site between 11 am and noon. However, the trip is subject to schedule changes or cancellation due to weather conditions or other safety factors.

You can track the crane’s transit up the Hudson using the New NY Bridge GPS tracking system here.

I Lift NY
has a height of 328 feet and a 1,900-ton lift capacity. Built on a 384-foot barge, it has no navigational power of its own, and will be guided to the project site by two tugboats. You can find more information here.

The crane was christened the “Left Coast Lifter” for its role in a major bridge construction project in the San Francisco Bay area. It made the 6,000-mile journey to New York via the Panama Canal in January, 2014.


Environmental sensors to be installed near Tappan Zee construction; By Khurram Saeed and Theresa Juva-Brown

April 30, 2013  TARRYTOWN — As the Tappan Zee Bridge project continues to ramp up, crews this week will begin installing environmental monitors that will allow residents to track noise, dust and vibration levels during the five years of construction.

The sophisticated shoebox-sizes devices with special sensors will be placed on top of poles at eight locations — four in Tarrytown and four in South Nyack. Losee Park in Tarrytown is set to get the first one by Wednesday.

Devices also will be installed at the Quay, an 89-unit condo complex in Tarrytown, south of the bridge in the neighborhood of Irving, and on New York State Thruway Authority property near South Broadway, state officials said.

Tappan Zee Constructors, the team engineering and constructing the $3.9 billion bridge, the Thruway Authority and community leaders are working to pin down specific locations for the devices in Rockland County, said Brian Conybeare, a special adviser on the project.

“The installation process is just getting under way, but once construction starts the public will be able to view the data from the monitoring stations 24 hours a day on our website,,” he said.

Sensors devoted just to measuring construction vibrations have already been installed on the piers of the existing Tappan Zee Bridge, officials said.

Among the likely Rockland locations to receive a monitor is the 120-unit Salisbury Point Cooperative in South Nyack. TZC also wants to add a device at South Nyack Village Hall, but a village representative said officials had not been consulted about it.

Jerry Ilowite, head of South Nyack’s Tappan Zee Bridge task force, said TZC was supposed to present a monitoring and mitigation plan that would let the village weigh in on the best locations for the devices.

“I have no idea what they’re going to monitor or where or why they’re choosing the locations that they are,” Ilowite told The Journal News on Monday. “We have had no opportunity to contribute at all.”

After The Journal News inquired about the situation, a TZC representative called Ilowite on Monday afternoon to schedule a meeting.

The project team also plans to start taking photos and reports of property conditions before construction starts. This is done in case property owners later claim vibrations from the work damaged their homes.

Tori Weisel, president of the Irving Neighborhood Preservation Association, said about a dozen Irving residents plan to meet with TZC officials Wednesday to discuss which homes will be eligible for preconstruction surveys.

Meanwhile, the state has started to install new fencing along Van Wart Avenue to shield homes from traffic on the Thruway maintenance road. Weisel said more steps are needed.

“There is progress … but the true issue is not that fencing — it’s sound barriers and making sure our foundations are not rocked and cracked,” she said

Some property information provided by CoStar, Loopnet, HGAR, Yelp, Rand Commercial Services and other public sources.