Monster crane coming to hoist new Tappan Zee


A monster crane is traveling on a 6000-mile odyssey form California to New York through the Panama Canal to build the new Tappan Zee bridge.

The powerful 400-foot floating crane, which sits on a barge, has been dubbed the Left Coast Lifter after its work on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

One of the largest cranes in the United States, it can lift up to 750 tons.
The Lifter has traveled over 1,600 nautical miles so far since it left Oakland Harbor on Dec. 21, according to officials.
It is currently at sea near Punta San Telmo in Mexico, and is expected to pass through the Panama Canal in mid-January.
It will reach New York in February after 6 to 8 weeks of travel.

The massive crane, which will float on a barge in the Hudson River, can lift up to 1750 tons.
It will take down the current Tappan Zee Bridge, the longest span in New York, and build the new one’s structure and foundation.
The new bridge is expected to cost $3.9 billion, and its first span will open in 2016. It is slated to finish in 2018.

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