A private marine terminal near Albany will play a major role in the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement project for years to come.
The Port of Coeymans is leasing property, warehouse space, cranes and equipment to design-builder Tappan Zee Constructors. The port, which is owned by Carver Companies, also will perform steel fabrication work to prepare for the erection of the superstructure.
“We have the expertise, industry knowledge, available property, equipment and materials to help see this major bridge project through to completion,” Carver Companies president and owner Carver Laraway said of its multi-year contract award with TZC.
Currently, aggregate products from a neighboring quarry owned by Carver are being shipped by barge for use in the dredging portion of the bridge project.
In a press release, the company estimated that the contract will create nearly 200 jobs at the port consisting of crane and machine operators, supervisors, truck drivers, loaders, plant operators, laborers and more. It’s also discussing additional contracts with TZC for concrete and mechanical systems.
The 400-acre port, located about 15 miles south of Albany, opened in 2009 and has been used as an off-shore construction site for projects, including bridge and road construction.
Work on the new $3.9 billion Tappan Zee Bridge is now taking place around the clock six days a week. Workers are installing piles that will form the foundation of the twin spans. The crossing is scheduled to be completed in early 2018.
All photos provided by Port of Coeymans