One of the world’s largest floating cranes, the “I Lift NY,” arrived in the Port of New York and New Jersey today to be used to replace the Tappan Zee Bridge with the New NY Bridge, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday.
The crane left San Francisco last month and traveled 6,000 miles to arrive today. It will be used to dismantle the 60 year-old Tappan Zee Bridge. The crane will stay docked at a private facility until it is moved to the construction site this spring.
The crane cannot navigate by itself and travels being towed by tugboats. Special boom support and protective ‘rub rails’ were built to protect the crane during its journey, Gannett’s Ashley Hupfl reports.
“It is fitting that New York’s most ambitious infrastructure project of the 21st century includes one of the world’s biggest floating cranes,” Cuomo said in a statement. “ The “I Lift NY” super crane can lift the equivalent of 12 Statues of Liberty at once, and its ability to lift huge modular components of the new bridge into place and to help dismantle the old bridge will reduce construction time by months and reduce project costs by millions of dollars.”
After a decade of delay, the state and federal government has moved forward to start actual construction on New NY Bridge project. The crane will be used to dissemble the existing bridge.
The crane has a 328ft boom length and a 1,900-ton lift capacity. Its lifting capacity comes from three diesel-powered generators and one auxiliary generator.
Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC, will use the crane to construct giant modular sections of the new bridge at an assembly yard on the Hudson River. The sections will weigh about 900 to 1,100 tons each, and will be moved and installed by the crane.
“The New NY Bridge is one of the nation’s largest transportation infrastructure projects and the arrival of the “I Lift NY” super crane cost savings and time savings,” Howard Milstein, state Thruway Authority chairman, said in a statement. “An innovative bridge calls for a innovative tools, and “I Lift NY” is going to help us