Safety First: Severe Weather Statement from TZC

Severe weather conditions and a State of Emergency/ EarthCam® construction camera

Severe weather conditions and a State of Emergency/ EarthCam® construction camera

“Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC) expects severe winter weather with 15-25 mph winds with gusts up to 40 mph at The New NY Bridge Project site today through Wednesday,” TZC spokeswoman Carla Julian said in a statement Monday afternoon.

“The safety of our employees and the traveling public is our top priority,” Julian said.

Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a State of Emergency for all downstate counties throughout the Hudson Valley, New York City and Long Island.

“As a result of this severe weather, TZC will suspend all field operations today through Wednesday, implement our Inclement Weather protocol which includes, among other preparations, multiple tugs on the water 24/7, inspection and adjustment of all mooring lines prior to the event, all crane barges inspected and equipment firmly secured, a large majority of cranes moved to shallow water moorings and all of the smaller crew boats removed from the water,” she said.

“TZC will monitor the entire fleet from its Security Operations Center, including video and GPS monitoring, throughout the storm event.”

Limited crews will remain on site to secure equipment and materials as long as safe conditions will allow them to continue, per a press release from project officials. Crews are currently on the river currently positioning and securing equipment in preparation for the storm which is slated to arrive later today.

Overnight lane closures planned this week for the southbound New York State Thruway (I-87/I-287) are postponed.

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