June 5, 2018


Last week Governor Andrew Cuomo visited the Shinnecock Inlet to celebrate the start of construction for what will be one of the East Coast’s largest artificial reef programs. In addition to scuttling a few old vessels, the reef also includes 885 tons of material from the old Tappan Zee bridge, which was dismantled, cleaned and inspected before making its way to the reef. LICA was proud to note that two of our own member firms – Intercounty Paving Associates and H&L Contracting  were part of the team to work on this project, alongside teams from Donjon Marine and Weeks Marine. We were also pleased to see that Local 138 Operating Engineers were on the job as well! 

The new reefs are expected to bolster the Long Island fishing and tourism industries, with new fish habitats that will attract more fish and create new diving opportunities for residents and tourists. By re-using these materials from the Tappan Zee, instead of dumping the debris in landfills, it also saves millions of dollars. For more about the artificial reef project see this Newsday article. 

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