I Lift NY Makes First Girder Placement

STORY AND PHOTOS BY JANIE ROSMAN

 

 I Lift NY hoisting the steel girder off its barge
I Lift NY hoisting the steel girder off its barge

Wednesday the first girder assembly was hoisted and placed on piers for the New NY Bridge, a seven-hour process.

Barge moving away after girder is removed
Barge moving away after girder is removed

The 1,110-ton, 400-foot girder assembly – three beams that were assembled at the Port of Coeymans – was hoisted onto the new bridge’s 14-foot-thick foundation.

I Lift NY starting to position the girder
I Lift NY starting to position the girder

Dave Capobianco, a New NY Bridge project manager, said the communications conduits and wiring are not on this initial steel girder and will be on the next two-girder segment still being worked on at the Port of Coeymans.

Crews are preparing the pier prior to girder placement
Crews are preparing the pier prior to girder placement

During the summer, barges continue loading girders from the port, unloading them at the project site and either coming to or going from both locations.