Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Welsbach Electric to Install Electrical on New Tappan Zee Bridge

Welsbach Electric has been awarded a contract for the installation of the electrical systems on the new Tappan Zee Bridge. The contractor will be responsible for installation of the major electrical systems for the replacement bridge, including power, intelligent transportation, security, and communications. The scope of work also includes installation of roadway and aesthetic lighting, electronic tolling, structural health monitoring and life safety systems. 

Welsbach will be installing over a half million feet of conduit and three million feet of wire and cable over the course of the contract.

The replacement for the existing Tappan Zee Bridge, which connects  Rockland and Westchester Counties over the Hudson River, is a multi-year, multi-billion dollar project of the New York State Thruway Authority.

The project consists of two separate bridge structures, one for each direction of travel; each structure is approximately three miles long.

The new bridge will include two spans with eight lanes of traffic, breakdown shoulders and emergency lanes. The north span will include a pedestrian and bicycle lane. Officials say the new bridge will also have suicide prevention measures, such as anti-climb fencing and security cameras.

The first span of the new twin-span bridge is scheduled to open in 2016, and the new bridge should be complete in 2018. The new bridge will be designed and constructed to last 100 years without major structural maintenance.

“This is an enormously important, high-profile project, and we are honored to be a part of it,” said Ken Brouwer, Welsbach president and CEO. “The Tappan Zee Bridge is an icon, and millions of commuters each year depend on its safety and reliability. We look forward to being a part of helping to make these new structures a reality.”

The bridge is being designed and built by Tappan Zee Constructors, a consortium of some of the world's best-known and most highly-regarded design, engineering and construction firms, including Fluor, American Bridge, Granite, and Traylor Bros., along with key design firms HDR, Buckland & Taylor, URS, and GZA.

EMCOR Group Inc., a Fortune 500 company, provides mechanical and electrical construction, industrial and energy infrastructure, and building services. It is the parent company of Welsbach Electric, which is based in College Point, Queens.

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