Going Vertical: Concrete Batch Plants at Work

Today is six months since President Barack Obama was in town with Governor Cuomo, who visited Piermont last month. The Crane! The Crane! If you watched “Fantasy Island” years ago, then you’ll remember the opening scenes.

Tappan Zee Bridge in the background/© Janie Rosman 2014

Tappan Zee Bridge in the background/© Janie Rosman 2014

This machine is serious business. It’s being readied for what comes next: lifting pile and girder deck segments . . . and then dismantling the current bridge.

Realizing it’s not possible to see either the staging area or activity from the road, Team Outreach posted these photos and descriptions on the New NY Bridge Twitter page:

Floating concrete batch plants: three hoppers w/ gravel, sand, cement/NNYB Outreach

Floating concrete batch plants: three hoppers w/ gravel, sand, cement/NNYB Outreach

Pop quiz: If one plant can cast about 125 cubic yards of concrete per hour, how long will it take both plants together to make approximately 300,000 cubic yards of concrete for the new bridge?

Top and inside of one pier cap, installed with rebar, nr the Rockland side/NNYB Outreach

Top and inside of one pier cap, installed with rebar, nr the Rockland side/NNYB Outreach

When TZC president Darrell Waters told reporters the project was “going vertical,” this is what he meant.

Two of the new bridge’s 86 vertical steel towers nr the Westchester side/Outreach

Today’s sunny and clear weather is perfect for checking out the viewing area at RiverWalk Park.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

1 comment so far

  1. Souzapalooza on

    I’m actually surprised how fast they are making progress on the bridge. I’m sure there are many who feel it isn’t fast enough, but I just crossed The Tappen Zee this weekend and could see how much has been done

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