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Left Coast Lifter is back to work.

Finds work on Tappan Zee Bridge.

The Tappan Zee Bridge has been a major part of the daily commute into Manhattan on a daily basis for many New Yorkers.

I personally used it when commuting in to NYC from Rockland County during the Summer of ’99 when on a Student Work Visa program.

Courtesy of www.liftech.net

Courtesy of www.liftech.net

Working construction hours in Manhattan meant that I did not have to endure the nightmare traffic jams it has become synonymous with.

One of NY’s biggest construction projects to build a replacement Tappan Zee bridge commence last August on site with Tappan Zee Constructors LLC being the contractors. Tappan Zee Constructors LLC is made up of a number of leading US firms such as Fluor and American Bridge Company among others.

The securing of the Left Coast Lifter crane played a major role in securing the contract. This mammoth crane was originally designed and used for the construction of the Eastern Span of the San Francisco – Oakland Bay bridge.

This crane both reduces the cost and time it will take to build the replacement bridge which will delight the daily commuters.

As the name suggests the “Left Coast Lifter” is located on the West Coast, relocating to the East coast was no easy task as the route taken was via the “Panama Canal” which presented some fantastic pictures and videos.

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After paying the $70,000 toll fee to the Panama Canal Authorities, the crane also underwent a name change and is now known as “ I Lift NY Super Crane”

It is stopping off in New Jersey to undergo Crane Safety Inspections before being used to build the new Tappan Zee bridge and dismantle the old one.

As the crane will be used extensively over the 5.5 years construction time frame, the crane must undergo a rigorous Crane Safety Inspection to remain accident free while working on the Tappan Zee.

For those who dislike having to pay the $5 toll their Pension fund can buy “Tappan Zee Bonds” so they can feel content that any traffic jam is contributing to their 401K! That’s one sure way to “de-stress” in traffic!

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