You may have never heard of the Port of Coeymans, but the growing marine terminal on the Hudson River near Albany is about to play a big role in the Tappan Zee Bridge project.
It’s there that crews from Tappan Zee Constructors will put together some 250 enormous steel girders for the new Tappan Zee and use a special track to load them onto barges.
The beams, each weighing about 1,400 tons, will then travel 16-to-20 hours down the Hudson to the project site.
“We have the greatest location for this — flat ground, adjacent to the river,” said Carver Laraway, president of Carver Companies, which owns the Port of Coeymans, a 400-acre marine facility just south of Albany. “It’s exciting we have the opportunity in upstate to do work for a downstate project.”
Laraway’s port recently reached an agreement with TZC to provide land and equipment for the Tappan Zee project.
The 24-to-36 month deal, which Laraway said is for “up to $5 million,” gives TZC eight to 12 acres of space for assembling bridge pieces and provides crews with construction equipment and tugboats.
The Tappan Zee project will create 200 to 300 port jobs, Laraway said.
“Anytime you can put a few hundred people to work in the upstate Albany area, it’s a big deal,” he said.
Crews are currently preparing the site, with the assembly of the steel beams expected to start this summer, Laraway said.
A Carver Companies’ quarry is also supplying 500,000 tons of rock for the Tappan Zee project dredging. The rock is being used to stabilize the river floor after it has been dredged.
The Port of Coeymans been used for other bridge projects, including the replacement of the Willis Avenue Bridge, which connects Manhattan to the Bronx. Segments for the new span were assembled at the port in 2010.
(An aerial view of the Port of Coeymans. Handout photo)