Monday, February 3, 2014

An uplifting story

Ok, that's a cheesy title, but the substance of this post is pretty incredible: it's known as the Left Coast Lifter, it's a supercrane that floats, and it just arrived in New Jersey to help with the new Tappan Zee Bridge.  From a new story out of Jersey City, NJ:
Its official name is the Left Coast Lifter — a nod to its first job on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge project — but Tappan Zee project officials have been calling it the I Lift New York super crane...Thursday marked the last leg of the crane’s 6,000-mile voyage that began more than a month ago in California and included a trip through the Panama Canal...The crane’s incredible size and strength — it can lift 12 times the weight of the Statue of Liberty — will be used to put sections of the new Tappan Zee into place. It will also assist with tearing down the existing Tappan Zee in 2016.
You can view a cool, two minute video about the crane and read more about this incredible machine, here.