Batch Plant Accident: Silence Speaks Volumes

Silence can be good, like when it builds suspense before a surprise.

Things have been really quiet the past few days since the floating concrete batch plant was hauled away. In this case, silence leads to speculation.

Screen print of News12 film: damaged batch plant after it was removed from project site

Screen print of News12 film: damaged batch plant after it was removed from project site

While waiting for a reply from Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC) spokeswoman Carla Julian — I sent her lots of questions — I decided to do some shopping online for my favorite person. You know who you are.

Wait, wait. Before I tell you what I found, I have other news. Prior to insisting he has no information, he can’t answer my questions, “and you need to contact Carla,” Brian Mershon, Fluor Media Relations, said, “We were up all night, looking at pictures, and trying to decide what to do.”

Floating concrete batch plant arrived last summer, ready to work/© Janie Rosman 2014

Floating concrete batch plant arrived last summer, ready to work/© Janie Rosman 2014

Back to online shopping.

One of the two floating concrete batch plants has to be fixed and/or replaced. I had some extra time, so I went looking for a floating concrete batch plant for the bridge builder. When the damaged one is fixed, TZC will have a spare. You know, in case. You may not say it; I bet you’re thinking it.

I found a very nice, manufacturer refurbished portable concrete batch plant that is land-based and can be adapted for confined spaces and water. Considering that the Hudson River is not a confined space, and the expert who sets it up has set up concrete batch plants in 80-below-zero Alaska, then he’d have it humming here in no time.

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Regarding the elements, he said if there’s water nearby, and the water freezes, then it will affect the plant mechanisms. Otherwise, once here, it can be ready to go, mixing concrete within four hours of arrival. Four hours! The usual time for setting up a plant, he said, is about four days.

Repeating what I heard in the interest of being helpful.

I also found another portable concrete batch plant rebuilt that would do nicely as well. In fact, there are several to choose from, and they can all be placed on barges, raring to go in little time. Considering that no concrete is being mixed now, it sounds like this might be worth looking into.

What now? Today’s quiet was very loud.

Silence is also an answer, and from it I gather TZC has no backup plan, and has no other way to make concrete. If there are approximately 300,000 cubic yards of concrete to be placed, one batch plant can cast about 125 cubic yards of concrete per hour, and each pile cap will be filled with 11,000 cubic yards of concrete . . .

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

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