The New NY Bridge project has begun clearing the way for the construction of a state-of-the-art building that will be used for maintenance of the new three-mile crossing, which will carry billions of vehicles over the Hudson River during the next century.
Located adjacent to the north side of the New York State Thruway (I-87/I-287) in Tarrytown, the new, 26,000-square-foot structure will house several groups of Thruway personnel including: administration, emergency response, mechanics, welders, painters, electricians and dock crews.
The building’s layout is designed to facilitate instant access to the bridge, thereby decreasing response time. With the garage bays and highway equipment facing the Thruway, emergency crews will be able to immediately respond to vehicle breakdowns — clearing incidents and enabling normal traffic flow to resume. Additionally, the new bridge’s emergency shoulder lanes will enable stranded vehicles to be quickly removed from travel lanes.
Bridge maintenance teams will utilize the facility’s numerous repair bays to keep vehicles and other equipment in first-rate condition. Some of the repair bay features include: vehicle lifts, exhaust capture systems and high overhead doors to accommodate taller vehicles and provide room for the service crews to perform their duties with greater efficiency.
The other side of the building, facing South Broadway, includes the visitor and administration entrance. The design features large glass windows, complemented by attractive grounds and flagpoles flying the U.S. and New York State colors. The area will also face the future Westchester terminus for the new bridge’s shared-use path.
Featuring several resource-efficient features, the building is designed to be LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certifiable. The design will reduce water use, efficiently regulate indoor temperatures and reduce energy use with automated lighting. The use of energy-efficient appliances and equipment also will help the facility surpass its energy code requirements. In fact, many of the materials that will be used to construct the building will be made from recycled elements, including steel, aluminum, concrete, glass and even the carpet.
Following the on-going demolition of a retired maintenance building on the site, Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC will begin construction of the new facility this spring.