You Can See the Outline of the New Hudson River Bridge

Use the pilings to connect the dots.

Photos/Lanning Taliaferro
Photos/Lanning Taliaferro

With 200 piles—out of more than 1,000—now driven into the Hudson River, it's possible to envision the path of the twin spans that will form the New New York Bridge.

After all the preparatory construction, work on the actual bridge has begun in the Tappan Zee.

"You can start to see the outline," said Brian Conybeare, Special Advisor for the Tappan Zee Bridge, pointing out—to a boatload of journalists touring the massive construction site June 5—piles already in place between Westchester and Rockland.

At this point, both main span tower piles have been installed and are being cleaned out. (The piles are hollow pipe. Driven empty, they fill with river muck. Cranes with special claws then excavate that dirt so the piles can be cleaned out and filled with concrete and reinforced steel.)

The contractor is prepping and installing piles at four locations simultaneously. 

Groups of piles form the piers. There will be only 43 approach span piers, compared to 196 on the existing bridge. 

"Visually it's going to be a real change," said Dan Weiller, director of communication for the Thruway Authority, waving at the close-set, chunky piers of the Tappan Zee Bridge's long, low approach to Rockland County.

Piles are driven, cleaned, filled, then piers encapsulate groups of piles (five piers are now in place), columns rise from the piers, roadbeds hang from the towers—to see how the whole construction project flows, check out the animated YouTube video created for the New NY Bridge website

Pile-driving close to shore on each side is being done not from barges but from temporary structures called the Rockland and Westchester trestles, said Larry Owen, deputy project manager. They're temporary work bridges from which to drive piles and build piers to prevent dredging close to shore—which could have hurt the Hudson River, undermined the banks and troubled the railroad tracks. 

Jeanne June 08, 2014 at 01:02 AM
I have a friend who lives in Grandview on Hudson, who gets to hear these piles being slammed every morning at 7am. Six days a week. Won't be over soon enough for many people in the area. But seriously, couldn't they come up with a better name for the bridge? Visually it's awful and awkward to say. And I'm sure somebody was well paid to think it up. Sheesh.
bill of rights June 08, 2014 at 09:12 AM
why is it being called"the new new york bridge". i think futurama cartoon refers to new york as new new york. Is this a cuomo re election name, trying to sway our opinions to the re-birth of a broken new york. what about tappan zee bridge? i would prefer the anthony wayne bridge. apparently old new york is no good and people are leaving via the tappan zee bridge. if cuomo is re-elected ill bet a lot more people will be leaving.


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