First Permanent Piles Installed

Courtesy of the New NY Bridge

Courtesy of the New NY Bridge

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today that formal construction on the new bridge began with installation of the first permanent piles for its foundation.

The moment has arrived.

“This week, we are putting shovels in the ground and starting formal construction on a new bridge to replace the Tappan Zee, the largest infrastructure project New York State has undertaken in decades,” Cuomo said via press release.

There’s more.

The first of several EarthCam® construction cameras is now installed, and can be accessed at the New NY Bridge website under Construction Cameras. The public will have a 24/7 view of the bridge, and can access current project information and an interactive archive calendar.

Work on the Rockland access trestle and cofferdams north of the bridge, extending 1,040 feet west from the Westchester shoreline, continues through November 2013; dredging continues through the end of this month.

The Regulated Navigation Area (RNA) — established September 15 by the U.S. Coast Guard for the navigable Hudson River waters surrounding the Tappan Zee Bridge — will be enforced until December 31, 2018. Comments and related material pertaining to the RNA will be accepted and reviewed by the Coast Guard through December 31, 2018.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2013

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