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Blue Boxes Atop New TZ Bridge Towers Coming Down

The big blue boxes are being removed from the new Tappan Zee Bridge as workers complete westbound towers.
The big blue boxes are being removed from the new Tappan Zee Bridge as workers complete westbound towers. Photo Credit: NewNYBridge.com

ORANGETOWN, N.Y. -- Commuters who travel across the Tappan Zee each day may notice that work has begun to remove the big blue boxes sitting atop of the new $3.9 billion bridge's westbound towers.

Tappan Zee Constructors  (TZC) is one step closer to completing the twin-span crossing as the towers reach their ultimate height, 419 feet above the Hudson River, said Khurram Saeed, project spokesman.

Crews are putting the finishing touches on the upper sections of the towers, which serve as support for the 3,340-foot-span over the river, and removing the blue jump forms when the operations are complete. TZC is scheduled to complete all four westbound towers within the coming weeks, Saeed said.

As the towers near completion, work also continues on main span road deck and installation of the stay cable system are advancing, Saeed added.

TZC will also continue constructing a New York State Thruway Authority maintenance dock near the new bridge’s Rockland landing. The work involves partially dismantling the existing work trestle that was used to construct the westbound span of the new bridge.

Work will take place during daytime hours and will include the installation of several piles to support the dock’s boat slips. The construction efforts are expected to conclude later this year, Saeed said.

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