First Tappan Zee Girders Barge Down the Hudson

An online video shows the true scale of the project that will eventually use 100,000 tons of U.S. steel.

📅   Thu June 18, 2015 - Northeast Edition
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The raw materials, known as welded plate girders, arrive at the port by boat or truck, from plants in Pennsylvania, Virginia and North Carolina.
The raw materials, known as welded plate girders, arrive at the port by boat or truck, from plants in Pennsylvania, Virginia and North Carolina.

The Journal News is reporting first of the 134 assembled girder units will arrive this month by barge from upstate. They’ll be easy to spot not only because of their massive size and location — they’ll sit on top of the concrete columns that are rising fast in the Hudson River — but because of their sky-blue color.

The raw materials, known as welded plate girders, arrive at the port by boat or truck, from plants in Pennsylvania, Virginia and North Carolina. The largest individual girders are 120 feet long and weigh 105 tons. They stand 12 feet high. All told, more than 100,000 tons of U.S. steel will be used.

On Wednesday in Nyack, Gov. Andrew Cuomo praised the project, saying he defied naysayers.

"Look at us," the Democratic governor said. "Look at the State of New York, look at what we did, everything we did was building the first and the best and the Empire State Building and the World Trade Center towers and the George Washington Bridge. That’s all about us. They say, ’you can’t do it,’ and we say, ’yes we can.’"

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