Bridge work suspended after barges break away

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Scheduled project operations for the new Tappan Zee Bridge that spans New York’s Hudson River were suspended Friday and continued on hold Saturday because of the winter storm.

A small crew from Tappan Zee Constructors LLC remained on site to continuously monitor conditions and respond immediately to any weather-related issues.

Questions are being raised about the safety of large construction barges moored near the bridge after two of them broke away in the snowstorm.

One of the barges drifted 15 miles on the Hudson River before it was recovered Friday near the George Washington Bridge.

This isn’t the first time the barges have drifted.

The Journal News reported that in September a barge drifted a mile before police tracked it down.

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