These concerns, together with traffic overcapacity and increased maintenance costs, escalated the serious discussions already ongoing about replacing the Tappan Zee with a tunnel or a new bridge. Given that the injuries were minor and the bridge was to be nearly entirely reopened by evening, Mr. Cuomo said, “This was nothing short of a miracle.”. executive director of the Institute of Bridge Engineering at the University at Buffalo. Construction on the new Tappan Zee Bridge has been underway for three years. Mr. Cuomo said wind wasn’t a factor in the collapse, but an investigation would seek to determine its cause. A crane toppled over on the Tappan Zee Bridge Tuesday just after noon, closing the bridge indefinitely as officials assess the damage. “We don’t know exactly what caused the malfunction. A massive construction crane collapsed onto the Tappan Zee Bridge Tuesday afternoon, injuring five and shuttering the span to traffic. The Tappan Zee Bridge carried more than 148,000 vehicles on the average weekday in the third quarter last year, according to the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council. No one was killed and only a few people suffered only minor injuries in the collapse, which Gov. The collapse occurred around noon Tuesday, between workday rush hours when the bridge serves as a critical link for New York City-area commuters. To accommodate a potential increase in traffic, the lower level of the George Washington would remain open overnight, instead of being closed for a construction project, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said Tuesday. At least four people suffered minor injuries after a towering red crane being used to build a replacement for the bridge crashed onto the old roadway below. Things were almost back to normal on the Tappan Zee Bridge Wednesday — a day after a crane came crashing down on the busy roadway. Investigation of the July 19, 2016 Crane Collapse during Pile Driving for New Tappan Zee Bridge over Hudson River, Rockland County, NY - 5 - 1. Riled yeah. “It’s a problem with the crane, it’s a problem with the hammer or it’s operator error. All lanes are closed, and at least one person injured, after construction equipment crashes down on Westchester-Rockland connector The New York State Transit Authority announced shortly after noon that all lanes across the Tappan Zee Bridge span will be blocked indefinitely following the collapse of a construction crane a little more than an hour ago near the 15-mile marker. The neck of the red crane and … Mr. Loughlin identified the crane as a new All but one of the bridge’s southbound lanes were open Tuesday evening. The crane crumpled across every one of the existing bridge’s traffic lanes and Gov. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a serious violation Wednesday, accusing the constructors — the consortium of contractors tasked with designing and building the $3.9 billion Tappan Zee Bridge replacement — of failing to keep a safe work site, potentially exposing employees to injury by the falling crane. "The safety of our workers and the surrounding community is our top priority, which is why we have been recognized as one of the safest major construction projects in the country," wrote Tappan Zee Constructors spokesman Damien LaVera. The agency said the the vibratory hammer crews were using to extract and pre-position a partially driven pile came loose unexpectedly and that the capacity of the crane was lower than required. The crane was … As the new structure rises above the Hudson, traffic is expected to begin crossing one of the two new spans this year. Interstate 287, which includes the Tappan Zee Bridge, connects with Interstate 95 just south of Greenwich and the Hutchinson River Parkway just West of Greenwich, is a popular northern crossing of the Hudson River for Connecticut residents. Have something to say about an article in Greater New York? Crane collapse blocks New York's Tappan Zee Bridge "When the crane collapsed it went across both sides of what we call the old Tappan Zee Bridge," … GREENWICH — A crane collapse on the nearby Tappan Zee Bridge in New York could provide a traffic nightmare for anyone traveling to or from … It was just five months ago in Lower Manhattan that the collapse of a crawler crane's boom in high winds killed one and injured three people. It is still unclear whether or not the Thruway Authority intends to or has fined the Tappan Zee Constructors itself for the accident. All but one of the Tappan Zee Bridge’s lanes were set to reopen by Wednesday morning following a construction-crane collapse that blocked traffic for hours on the heavily trafficked span across the Hudson River. “It’s definitely repairable,” Mr. O’Connor said. Traffic is not moving as we take a … Transcript for Crane Collapses on New York's Tappan Zee Bridge Happens in bridge is an absolute parking lot. Manitowoc Co. Balam Arana, a retail manager who lives in Ossining, N.Y., was driving across the bridge Tuesday when vehicles in front of him stopped suddenly. Jeff Loughlin, The red boom of the contruction crane … Jerome O’Connor, Six of … The federal government is fining the Tappan Zee Constructors more than $12,000 for last July's crane collapse. 87990cbe856818d5eddac44c7b1cdeb8, Appeared in the July 20, 2016, print edition as '. Mr. Towle said the crane was new and didn’t show any previous problems. All rights reserved. On July 19, a crane driving piles for the new Tappan Zee Bridge's Westchester-bound span collapsed across all lanes of the current bridge, stopping traffic for most of the afternoon. But the accident became a fleeting setback for the $4 billion Tappan Zee replacement, one of the largest public works projects under way in the U.S. Mr. Cuomo said the crane collapse wouldn’t delay the project. This disaster on the heels of another crane collapse in New York City. Two of those violations were considered serious. For example, if lanes shuttered on the existing bridge to facilitate new bridge construction don't open on time, Tappan Zee Constructors can be fined up to $1,500 a minute. Please include your city and state. A new replacement bridge has been under construction beside the old bridge, several cranes have been helping to construct that new bridge. “It was a little bit slow in the beginning but then it just crashed,” said Mr. Arana, 39 years old. 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