Final Demolition Before New Facility Can be Built

One side of the building includes a visitor and greeting area and faces S. Broadway/NYSTA

One side of the building includes a visitor and greeting area and faces S. Broadway/NYSTA

Last April reporters and project officials watched as the company Marcela Pignataro and her husband Frank dreamed of years ago demolished part of the vacated 18,000-foot building that once housed New York State Police Troop T Barracks.

separated buildingsThat chilly morning we media spoke with spoke with NYS Thruway Authority Construction Compliance Engineer Tom McGuinness. The maintenance facility had been about 90 percent relocated at the time, supporting a few maintenance operations.

The building was separated from the barracks, creating a gap that had been sealed the day before. Once it’s torn down the bridge builder can start work on the new facility.

The LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certifiable building will be rebuilt as a visitor and greeting area once the project is completed. A 26,000-square-foot maintenance facility will be north of the site, and Troop T will be relocated to a new building on the south side of Thruway; both will be finished by 2018.

Garage bays and highway equipment face the Thruway and allow for easy access/NYSTA

Garage bays and highway equipment face the Thruway and allow for easy access/NYSTA

Project officials said the layout is designed so emergency crews can easily access the bridge. The visitor and administration entrance will face South Broadway and the shared use path’s Westchester terminus.

Former Thruway maintenance facility will be demolished/EarthCam® construction camera

Former Thruway maintenance facility will be demolished/EarthCam® construction camera

Two years ago the state police and Tappan Zee Bridge maintenance crews moved to 160 N. Route 303 in West Nyack, Zone 1 headquarters for New Rochelle, Newburgh and now Tarrytown barracks.

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Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

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