TZB Anchor Span falls via Controlled Demolition

Crowds had gathered since early this morning to watch the controlled demolition of the ironic Tappan Zee Bridge. The temperate was below freezing; still, this was not to be missed despite its occurrence on a weekday morning. I’m sure motorists were annoyed that the estimated 10 a.m. explosion occurred nearly one hour later and can only imagine waiting on clogged westbound 287 in Westchester and the equally clogged eastbound Thruway in Rockland.

The above photo courtesy of the New York State Thruway Authority shows the anchor span minutes after it fell into the Hudson River.

Demolition and salvage experts hired by Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC) were in charge of the procedure. Vertical members of the span fell so the team could safely lower the span away from the main channel using specialty marine salvage equipment, per a fact sheet. Material will be removed from the river during the following weeks by mMarine salvage experts; chains on the riverbed will remove the steel and support the salvaged structure, which TZC will place on barges and remove from the site.

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Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2019

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