For Immediate Release: 2/17/2016
WORK BEGINS FOR NEW NY BRIDGE MAINTENANCE FACILITY IN TARRYTOWN
State-Of-The-Art Building Will Replace Old Structure in 2018
TARRYTOWN — The Thruway Authority today announced that the final phase of demolition is clearing the way for construction of a state-of-the-art building that will be used for maintenance of the new three-mile crossing, which will carry billions of vehicles over the Hudson River during the next century.
Located adjacent to the north side of the New York State Thruway (I-87/I-287) in Tarrytown, the new, 26,000-square-foot structure at 333 South Broadway will house several groups of Thruway personnel including: administration, emergency response, mechanics, welders, painters, electricians and dock crews. A new State Police barracks for Troop T will also be constructed as a part of the project.
“Our new maintenance building will serve as an essential addition to the new iconic crossing,” said New York State Thruway Authority Interim Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer Maria Lehman, P.E. “Fast, easy access to the Thruway means reduced response times in emergencies, while our environmentally-friendly facility will provide adequate space for our employees to keep equipment in optimal operating condition.”
The building’s layout is designed to facilitate instant access to the bridge, thereby decreasing response time. With the garage’s bays and highway equipment facing the Thruway, emergency crews will be able to immediately respond to vehicle breakdowns — clearing incidents and enabling normal traffic flow to resume. Additionally, the new bridge’s emergency shoulder lanes will enable stranded vehicles to be quickly removed from travel lanes.
“The State Police and Thruway Authority play a critical role in helping to keep the bridge safe for drivers,” said State Police Troop T Commander Major Joseph Dodd. “This new facility will help us respond quickly to maintain traffic flow and safety on the roadway and bridge. It will also improve our ability to remove a disabled vehicle from a traffic lane into the breakdown lane; this will help prevent a minor incident from turning into a major delay.”
Bridge maintenance teams will utilize the facility’s numerous repair bays to keep vehicles and other equipment in first-rate condition. Repair bay features include: vehicle lifts, exhaust capture systems and high overhead doors to accommodate taller vehicles and provide room for the service crews to perform their duties with greater efficiency.
The other side of the building, facing South Broadway, includes the visitor and administration entrance that features large glass windows, complemented by attractive grounds and flagpoles flying the U.S., New York State colors and the POW/MIA flag. The area will also face the future Westchester terminus for the new bridge’s shared-use path.
Featuring several resource-efficient features, the building is designed to be LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certifiable. The design will reduce water use, efficiently regulate indoor temperatures and reduce energy use with automated lighting. The use of energy-efficient appliances and equipment also will help the facility surpass its energy code requirements. In fact, many of the materials that will be used to construct the building will be made from recycled elements, including steel, aluminum, concrete, glass and even the carpet.
Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC) will begin construction of this new facility by demolishing a retired maintenance building in Tarrytown. Bridge maintenance teams and state police relocated in 2014 from that building to a temporary home near Exit 12 in West Nyack.
Once the old facility is demolished, TZC will begin construction of the new building in the spring. It will open in 2018.
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