The NYSSPE Westchester-Putnam Chapter, The Construction Industry Council of Westchester & Hudson Valley, Inc, The Building Contractors Association of Westchester & Mid-Hudson Region, Inc, and The Construction Advancement Institute teamed up to host a successful joint event with keynote speaker Tom Madison, the Executive Director of the New York State Thruway Authority & Canal Corporation.
In attendance and representing the NYSSPE were Keith Lashway, PE, President of the NYSSPE, Anthony Fasano, PE, Executive Director of the NYSSPE, Vincent Cannizzaro, PE, President of the Westchester-Putnam NYSSPE, and James Caggiano, PE, Past President of the Westchester-Putnam NYSSPE and other NYSSPE Westchester-Putnam members.
Over 130 people were in attendance to meet Thomas Madison, Jr. and to learn what the NYS Thruway Authority is planning for the future. The major topics discussed involved the 2013-2014 Capital Program system improvements, design build 2.0, and the New Tappan Zee Bridge update.
The New Tappan Zee Bridge will include 8 lanes for general traffic, extra wide shoulders to manage emergencies and traffic incidents, and dedicated space for express bus services such as Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and Light Right Transit (LRT). There will also be a shared use path to accommodate bikers and pedestrians along this 3 mile stretch of cable-stayed bridge for people to enjoy the scenic Hudson valley views. The main goals of the new NY Bridge are to reduce congestion, compared to the old bridge, increase driver safety, and to create a new potential for express mass transit in the region.
The North Side Bridge is scheduled to open in 2016, and the South Side Bridge in 2018. Over 30 design firms, including 300 designers and 300 more specialty designers are collaborating on this project. For these reasons, there has been a great deal of resources dedicated to easing the stresses normally brought upon by heavy construction. Featured in the construction design of the New NY Bridge are 24/7 noise, vibration, and air quality monitoring through the use of real-time video streams and numerous noise and pollution sensors. These are a part of the New NY Bridge Project’s Environmental Performance Commitments and the TZC “Good Neighbor” Policy, which are aimed at minimizing the potential adverse effects that can be brought upon by heavy construction. In addition, the design team is taking public input through email and their website. A construction hotline is available 24 hours, 7 days a week at 1-855-TZBRIDGE, and community outreach centers are open 7 days a week at multiple locations.
Some other interesting facts about the project include the world’s largest floating crane. Named the Left Coast Lifter, it is the first of its kind of floating crane, which was designed by the Tappan Zee Constructors Team, to build the new TZ Bridge safely and efficiently. The Left Coast Lifter has a lifting capacity of 1,750 metric tons, a load equivalent to 12 Statues of Liberty. The bridge itself will also feature a color-changing ambiance at night which will serve as a shining landmark for the city of New York.
In the photo below, NYSSPE Keith Lashway, PE, asks lead bridge designer Jeffrey Han, PE questions about the structural design of the new bridge.
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