Six Days Later: Batch Plant Saga Continues

Nearly one week after last Tuesday’s floating concrete batch plant accident — when the bridge builder shut down both floating concrete batch plants — I’ve heard nothing about either repairs or a replacement.

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Source: THE NEW NY BRIDGE | Quarterly Magazine | Fall 2014

TZC spokeswoman Carla Julian sent two emails the day of the accident; she said in the second email, “I will have more information to share as the investigation continues tomorrow.” Wednesday came and went, as did the entire week, without communication from her.

in the absence of new information, I figure the cause of the malfunction was identified, and:

• the damaged floating concrete batch plant will be repaired and will soon be back at the project site OR
• the damaged floating concrete batch plant cannot be repaired, thus Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC) secured a replacement that’s on its way

AND

• the floating concrete batch plant that didn’t malfunction is getting a thorough check to make sure it, too, doesn’t fail

It was exciting to see the first concrete batch plant this summer during a media tour. No one expected one of the now-two machines on site to fail. The project is one month short of starting its third year and, we’re often told, has adhered to a strict budget and schedule. Thus far.

Going forward, the issue is communication: updates, as indicated, about the investigation into one of the batch plants that was, until last Tuesday, mixing and pouring concrete for our new bridge. I want to know, and I bet you do, too.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

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