Another Project First: I Lift NY Makes Girder Placement on Span That Will Open Next Year

Many shook their heads and looked surprised as NYSDOT Project Director Michael Anderson explained the project and the next six years. That was spring 2012.

First steel girder assembly for Rockland-bound span placed near Rockland landing/NYSTA

First steel girder assembly for Rockland-bound span placed near Rockland landing/NYSTA

Two days ago (August 5) the I Lift NY placed the first girder assembly for the new bridge’s westbound span, and less than two months earlier (June 17), the crane made its premier placement, this for the eastbound span.

The 820-ton, 390-foot girder assembly – three beams that were assembled at the Port of Coeymans – was hoisted onto the new bridge’s 14-foot-thick foundation.

Placements — each takes about seven hours, done with pinpoint precision — will continue at the pace of two per week until 31 miles of steel girders (more than 100,000 tons) are installed.

During the summer, barges continue loading girders from the port, unloading them at the project site and either coming to or going from both locations.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2015

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