Intermittent Pounding To Continue Through October

SOUTH NYACK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Work has begun on a new temporary platform to help with the construction of the new Tappan Zee Bridge.

As WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reported, the project involves intermittent pile driving during the 12-hour workday during the week, affecting the Rockland County side of the Hudson River.

“Guess it’s something I’ll have to live with,” one South Nyack resident told Adams.

The temporary supports are being installed for a 1,200-foot platform, which will house a large crane on the Rockland side of the river. Another platform was built off Tarrytown in May.

The cranes will be used in the construction of the $3.9 billion new span.

LINK: New NY Bridge Plan

The pile driving sounds like a booming metronome, loud enough to rattle the windows of some waterfront homes, Adams reported.

Officials said most of the work will be done with quieter vibratory pile drivers, with the so-called impact hammers used in limited increments.

A South Nyack resident said she remembers the last round of noisy pile driving.

“Very loud but they’re saying they’re using a different technique now. I don’t know, we’ll see,” Denise McCue told Adams. “The last time they did the pile drivings, it was just unbelievably loud here. And so now they have sensors on the property to pick up any noise they can hear.”

In an effort to mitigate any disturbance from the construction schedule, the New York State Thruway Authority and the bridge builder have offered to pay for noise-reducing windows and doors for some affected residents.

Construction is scheduled to run Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. on some Saturdays through October.

The Thruway Authority also announced that from Monday through Wednesday, the right northbound lane and shoulder on I-87/I-287 between the existing Tappan Zee Bridge and Interchange 11 in Nyack will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the installation of concrete traffic barriers.

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