Barge Breaks Free From New York Construction Site
According to The Journal News, on March 30, a barge broke free from the Tappan Zee Bridge construction site for the third time since September. A statement released by Tappan Zee Constructors (TZC) confirmed that the barge had come loose from its mooring and drifted for about an hour before it was recovered.
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Safety concerns about the construction site were first raised back in July when the best man and bride-to-be of a wedding party died in a recreational boating accident involving a barge anchored below the Tappan Zee Bridge.
“The Thruway Authority is currently reviewing TZC’s safety protocols and barge mooring methods,” Brian Conybeare, special advisor to Governor Andrew Cuomo, said in a statement. “The contractor has been directed to install GPS tracking on its barges, boats and other vessels as soon as possible as part of a comprehensive series of safety enhancements on and around this major construction site.”
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