Tappan Zee Construction Barge Loose Again

According to Tappan Zee Constructors, the group working on the New Tappan Zee Bridge project, one of the barges used to hold equipment at the site got free from its mooring on Sunday afternoon and traveled down the river. The barge was noticed by a resident of Piermont around 4:00 PM, when he called into Piermont Police who responded, along with boats from the construction group, at 4:45 to catch the barge. According to Brian Conybeare, an advisor to Governor Andrew Cuomo on the project, the Thruway Authority is looking over the procedures used by TZC when it comes to safety, especially the moorings. The company was also ordered to place GPS tracking systems to all the barges, since this is the third incident since September. According to a statement released by TZC officials the moorings are checked at least four times each shift, the one that got loose had been checked 45 minutes prior.

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