And here we thought being snarky was an East Coast specialty.
The folks over in California have seemingly developed a fond attachment to the Left Coast Lifter, the giant crane that was used to build the eastern span of the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. So much so they’re sad to see it go, and to New York of all places, to build the new Tappan Zee.
So writes Lisa Vorderbrueggen of the Contra Costa Times (all in good fun, I’m sure):
It’s a far less prestigious assignment, of course.
The Tappan Zee is an ordinary cable-stayed river crossing estimated to cost a mere $4 billion, while the Bay Bridge is the largest self-anchored single tower span in the world, and set taxpayers back $6.4 billion.
But heck, a job’s a job, right?
The bigger question is whether thin-skinned New Yorkers can stomach the super-size barge’s moniker.
The state Thruway Authority has said the Left Coast Lifter was a big selling point for Tappan Zee Constructors and helped them land the $3.1 billion construction contract. The crane will be used to lift massive deck spans on the new TZ, and help demolish the existing bridge.
According to the article, the crane will be sold to TZC and begin its 6,000-mile tow east this summer, via the Panama Canal.
The Left Coast Lifter is a beast on the water, as we have previously reported, and this article reiterates:
At 400 feet, the Lifter is longer than a football field. It is slightly less than 100 feet wide.
The frame holding its Chinese crane is 130 feet tall and features a twin 328-foot boom. It can lift up to 1,725 metric tons or 3.8 million pounds, the equivalent of 656 fully loaded SUVs.
There are also some interesting details about the history of the crane. Read the full story here.
As for any agita over the Left Coast Lifter’s name, you can fuhgeddaboudit.
This is New York where we accept all as they are. So welcome Left Coast Lifter.
Can’t wait to see ya.
Photo credit: Bill Hall, Caltrans (top) and Metropolitan Transportation Commissioner (below)