ORANGETOWN, N.Y. – The crews working on the new Tappan Zee Bridge are getting set to install the final crossbeam on its towers.
Meanwhile, the authority announced Monday that since all-electronic toll collection will begin in the spring, it is encouraging drivers to sign up now for E-ZPass.
The crossbeams will support the Hudson River span’s road deck, according to Tappan Zee Constructors.
TZC said it will raise the 700-ton concrete segment with the “I Lift NY” super crane, the only crane on the project capable of the job.
The crossbeam will then be secured to the tower legs with steel reinforcements and concrete.
Work on the bridge’s cashless tolling system on the Rockland side will require the closing of a single lane starting Monday, March 7, through Thursday, March 10.
Check the state Thruway Authority’s website for specifics, or click here .
Cashless tolling allows motorists to pay their tolls at highway speeds without slowing down or stopping. They can pay either through E-ZPass or Tolls By Mail, the authority said Monday.
The new system will not only make things more convenient for drivers, it will ease highway congestion and help the environment by easing idling, said Maria Lehman, the authority’s interim executive director and chief operating officer.
The system is in the final stages of field testing, Lehman said.
To view a video explaining how cashless tolling works, click here .
To sign up for an E-ZPass account click here , or visit at E-ZPass customer service centers or the New NY Bridge Outreach Centers in Tarrytown and Nyack.
E-ZPass is accepted in 16 states across the Northeast and Midwest, Lehman said, and can be used to pay for parking at several major airports and provides toll discounts on other highways and bridges.
Tolls By Mail will be used to collect payment from those without E-ZPass.
High-resolution cameras above each lane will take a photographs of license plates to register the transaction and a toll bill will automatically be mailed each month to the vehicle’s registered owner.
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