Hands-On: Helping to Build the New NY Bridge

Want to know what it’s like working on the state’s $3.9 billion project?

A dock builder, a main span superintendent, a carpenter, a crew boat captain, an environmental inspector, a concrete plant foreman, and a crane operator tell you:

They describe it as “interesting, great experience, challenge, good feeling, part of history, awesome . . . “

“There’s a lot of work involved, a lot of things you have to be careful of, a lot of safety involved.”

“You’re working on some things that have never been done before.”

“It’s like a once-in-a-lifetime job, I think, for most people.”

Frozen Hudson along Westchester shoreline this a.m./ EarthCam® construction camera

Frozen Hudson along Westchester shoreline this a.m./ EarthCam® construction camera

“You have to like working with your hands, you have to like being outside . . . ”

“It’s a good feeling, knowing that we’re going to be a part of history on an American-made bridge.”

“It’s going to feel amazing to know that I had my hand in this bridge . . . to drive across it and say, ‘I helped build that bridge.'”

Preparing pier 43, part of Westchester landing/Photo Credit: NYS Thruway Authority

Preparing pier 43, part of Westchester landing/Photo Credit: NYS Thruway Authority

“It’s kind of interesting to see an entire bridge go up from the bottom.”

“When you build a bridge, you’re building a landmark, and that’s something I always think about.”

Next week Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC) starts its third year on the clock. If you missed them, then read the condensed 2013 and 2014 years in review.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2015

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