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For immediate release: June 13, 2014

CONSTRUCTION OF THE MAIN SPAN PILE CAPS BEGINS ON
THE NEW NY BRIDGE

The New NY Bridge project reached another milestone this week, as construction of the main span pile caps began. These massive, football field-length concrete structures are reinforced with steel, and will serve as the base for the bridge's 419-foot towers. The pile caps sit atop the steel pilings that have already been installed, and represent one of the first permanent sections of the New NY Bridge that will be visible above the Hudson River. To learn more about the main span foundation and tower construction, see the new “Bridge Rising” animation on NewNYBridge.com

In Westchester County, crews will be conducting directional boring for future utility relocations under I-87/I-287 west of the toll plazas from 9 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. the week of June 13.  The overnight operation requires the closing of various toll lanes.  Different tolls lanes will be affected as the work progresses.  The Thruway will remain open at all times. 

Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC) will continue work on the Rockland County landing of the new bridge. Lasting several weeks,  this work will include the installation of sheet piles, which are interlocking steel sheets that support the existing roadway during the excavation and construction process. The sheet piles -- some measuring over 50 feet long -- will be installed by a large crane with a vibratory pile hammer, which will be positioned behind a temporary concrete barrier in South Nyack.

Construction of the New NY Bridge will continue with pile driving between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday and 12 noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday. 

A second shift of workers will also continue pile welding operations associated with permanent foundations.

Work will also continue on the Rockland temporary work trestle near the county shorelines, including pile driving to install the temporary foundations needed to support the platform. The trestles will support cranes for the construction of the western-most section of the new bridge.

Lane Closures for New York State Thruway (I-87/I-287):
 Monday June 16 Northbound, Right Lane near Exit 10 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Monday June 16 Southbound, Toll Plaza Lanes 3-4-5 9 p.m. to 4:30 a.m.
Tuesday June 17 Northbound, Right Lane near Exit 10 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tuesday June 17 Southbound, Toll Plaza Lanes 3-4-5 9 p.m. to 4:30 a.m.
Wednesday June 18 Northbound, Right Lane near Exit 10 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Wednesday June 18 Southbound, Toll Plaza Lanes 6-7-8 9 p.m. to 4:30 a.m.
Thursday June 19 Northbound, Right Lane near Exit 10 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Thursday June 19 Southbound, Toll Plaza Lanes 6-7-8 9 p.m. to 4:30 a.m.
Friday June 20 Northbound, Right Lane near Exit 10 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Friday June 20 Southbound, Toll Plaza Lanes 8-9-10 10 p.m. to 4:30 a.m.

Mariners should be aware that TZC will continue installing permanent piles in the vicinity of the side channels under the existing bridge. Additional temporary navigational lights have been installed to further define the 600-foot navigation channel under the main span. Both temporary and permanent piles are illuminated at night. An interactive map showing vessel locations on the Hudson River is now available on the project website, NewNYBridge.com, for recreational and commercial boaters to get updated information on this very active construction zone. The GPS tracking map is for informational purposes and not intended for navigation.  More New NY Bridge boater safety information, including the U.S. Coast Guard Notice to Mariners and construction site maps, can be found here.

Ongoing Operations:

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Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor

New York State
Thruway Authority

Federal Highway
Administration

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