Dozens of concrete trucks are traveling through local roads in Nyack and South Nyack today as part of the new Tappan Zee Bridge project.
The deliveries to the Rockland bulkhead, located just north of the existing bridge off of River Road in South Nyack, are taking place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. They will continue tomorrow and may stretch into Thursday. Flag people are directing traffic on River Road.
The concrete will expand the staging area on land owned by the state Thruway Authority and provide access to construction vehicles through two gates, a project official said.
Tappan Zee Constructors is currently building a 1,200-foot-long construction platform at the site, requiring pile driving six days a week.
Project representatives informed village officials and local authorities about the concrete trucks last week.
The trucks are taking the following route: From the southbound Thruway, they get off at Exit 11 onto Route 59 in Nyack, then head south on Route 9W to the South Franklin Street bridge. From there, they take South Franklin to Clinton Avenue to South Broadway. A left onto Cornelison from South Broadway brings them to Piermont Avenue, which leads to the construction zone near the Salisbury Point apartment complex.
The empty trucks take the same route back in reverse, except from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday when they’ll be allowed to use the Thruway’s nearby service ramp to get onto the northbound highway.
Officials determined the southbound access ramp leading from Thruway to River Road was too steep for the loaded trucks.
Tappan Zee Constructors is in the process of leveling and improving both of the service ramps so construction vehicles won’t have to use village streets in the future. The plan is to have the access ramps ready by the end of this month.
Anyone with questions is asked to call the project’s 24-hour hotline: 1-855-TZ-BRIDGE.
Photo credit: Traffic crawls across the Tappan Zee Bridge as barges work in the Hudson River as seen from Nyack Aug. 30. ( Frank Becerra Jr./ The Journal News )