For immediate release: November 8, 2013
CONSTRUCTION CONTINUES ON THE NEW NY BRIDGE PROJECT—NO PILE DRIVING ACTIVITY SCHEDULED ON VETERANS DAY
No pile driving activities for the New NY Bridge project are scheduled for Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11. Project management and some limited field work will continue, however.
The New NY Bridge team includes many veterans, and we are grateful both for their military service and for their contributions to this project. All of us extend gratitude and respect to all of our nation’s veterans.
Installation of permanent piles continues next week, beginning Tuesday, Nov. 12. Pile driving will take place between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on weekdays, and occasionally between 12 noon and 7 p.m. on Saturdays. Additionally, “armoring” of the dredge channel, a process that helps protect the water quality for marine life, continues. Currently, TZC crews are layering sand and stone within the dredge channel to armor the river bottom in an effort to ensure sediment is not kicked up by construction vessels.
Mariners should be aware that TZC will be installing permanent piles in the vicinity of the side channels under the existing bridge. New temporary navigational lights have been installed to further define the 600’ navigation channel under the main span. Both temporary and permanent piles are illuminated at night.
The U.S. Coast Guard has issued a revised Notice to Mariners with updated safety information, including the establishment of a Regulated Navigation Area (RNA) 300 yards north and 200 yards south of the existing Tappan Zee Bridge. All boaters are advised to use the main channel, reduce wake and use extreme caution while transiting the area. If necessary, the Coast Guard in the future may temporarily prohibit all vessel traffic in the RNA for safety purposes. The Coast Guard boating safety information can be found on the project website, NewNYBridge.com, under the “Boating Safety” icon.
From Tuesday, Nov. 12 to Thursday, Nov. 14, one northbound right-hand lane and shoulder on I-87/I-287 in the area south of exit 10 in Nyack will be closed from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for sound wall removal. One northbound right-hand lane and shoulder in the same location will be closed from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15.
The effort to create the first of four new permanent noise barriers is underway. Sections of the existing noise wall along northbound I-87/I-287 in the area south of exit 10 in Rockland County will be removed beginning early next week. A temporary noise barrier and noise monitors have been installed nearby. Additional temporary noise barriers will be installed along a local access ramp and the New York State Thruway, after improvements are made to the ramp.