A mid-December accident involving one of the two floating concrete batch plants, needed for the construction of the new Tappan Zee Bridge, resulted in Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC) shutting down both batch plants while it continues to assess the situation.
“One of our floating concrete batch plant silos had a structural failure that caused all three silos on the batch plant to collapse,” TZC President Darrell Waters said in a statement. “The damage appears to be limited to the affected silos and part of the surrounding structure.”
TZC removed the second batch plant to review and inspect its components thoroughly, including the silos. Waters emphasized, “If or when an incident occurs, no matter what the size, we will always use it as an opportunity to review and reassess our safety procedures and operations specific to the project.”
The two leaders of the counties that are separated by the Tappan Zee Bridge have proposed a plan to partially fund the new Hudson River span.
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Rockland County Executive Ed Day sent a joint letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo in late December suggesting the state use a bulk of the approximately $5 billion it received in settlements over economic and tax improprieties to pay for a portion of the construction of the $3.9 billion project.
A new challenge greeted the Irving neighborhood in November when Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC) began clearing and grubbing a work zone to prepare for the construction of a stormwater management pond.