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7 December 2017
New York, United States

Goethals Bridge demolition

KWMJV/R.E. Pierson Construction has begun demolition of the old Goethals Bridge. The contractor is currently preparing the Suspended Span for lowering to barges in the navigable channel. This phase of the demolition will entail hot work and periodic crane operations at a maximum of 130 ft inside the navigable channel. The contractor will have a spotter monitoring VHF-FM Channel 13 in order to facilitate the suspension of hot work during vessel transits underneath the bridge. The Arthur Kill will not be closed to navigation and crane barges will MOVE ON DEMAND or when directed to move by Vessel Traffic Service New York during this phase of the project. Two hours’ notice is required to move the crane barges.

The Suspended Span will be lowered to barges in the center of the navigable channel over a 36 hour period in mid December 2017. This lowering operation will result in a 36 hour maximum closure of the navigable channel.

The time frame for this 36-hour channel closure is TENTATIVELY scheduled for the following dates:
Primary: 1800 on Friday, Dec 15th to 0600 on Sunday Dec 17th
Secondary: 1800 on Friday, Dec 22nd to 0600 on Sunday, Dec 24th
Tertiary: 1800 on Friday, Dec 29th to 0600 on Sunday, Dec 31st

Vessel Traffic Service NY (VTSNY) will be establishing a VTS Measure enforcing a No Meeting/No Overtaking Zone as the main span is transported from the Goethals Bridge site to Berth 36 at Port Newark. The transit time is fluid and may be impacted by onscene wind speeds. VTSNY will provide updates once the final transit times are established.

From December 2017through May 2018 the Cantilevered Span on each side of the navigable channel will be dismantled via crane barge. Dismantling operations will take place first on the New Jersey side of the waterway, then transition to the New York side of the waterway. Barge placement will be a maximum of 155 ft inside the navigable channel on the New Jersey side of the waterway, and 265 ft inside the navigable channel on the New York side of the waterway. The Arthur Kill will not be closed to navigation and crane barges will MOVE ON DEMAND or when directed to move by Vessel Traffic Service New York during this phase of the project. Two hours’ notice is required to move the crane barges. While vessels will move on demand when requested to promote safe navigation in the area, mariners are reminded that excessive movement requests that do not increase safe navigation may result in the bridge demolition operation taking longer than expected to finish.

(For information about operations in the United States contact GAC North America at usa@gac.com)

Source: U.S. Coast Guard Advisory Notice (CGAN 2017-009) dated 5 December 2017

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