(August 13, 2012)
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the crane serving the Capitol restoration project will be permanently dismantled beginning today. The highly visible 274-foot-high red tower crane will be taken down more than a year ahead of initial estimates, continuing the Governor's efforts to accelerate work and cut costs on the Capitol restoration project.
"Over the past 19 months, my administration has worked to open the doors of this beautiful building to the citizens of New York State, and the improvements have made the Capitol a more welcoming and educational place for the tens of thousands of people who have visited since January 2011," Governor Cuomo said. "With the crane coming down more than a year ahead of schedule, the accelerated restoration project continues to move forward, saving taxpayer money and making much-needed improvements to the home of our state's government."
Office of General Services Commissioner RoAnn Destito said, "There has been a crane of one kind or another in the sightline of the Capitol since the roof repair project began in 2000. Removing this crane more than a year ahead of schedule is a major milestone in Governor Cuomo’s plan to accelerate the restoration project to save taxpayer dollars and fully re-open the Capitol to the people of New York State."
The crane will be taken down using a "climber" machine that will remove vertical sections of the crane and then slide them out to the jib of the crane, which will then lower the sections to the ground. One additional ground mobile crane will also be brought in to help disassemble the lower parts of the crane and the jib and the counterweights. It is anticipated that the crane will be completely dismantled by the end of the week.
Several major projects have been completed since Governor Cuomo announced the project acceleration in May 2011. These include the completion of the Assembly skylight, renovation of Tower Hall, removal of exterior scaffolding, and re-opening West Capitol Park. The entire project is expected to be completed this fall, more than two years ahead of schedule. Since January 2011, an estimated 42,600 have visited the State Capitol.
OGS is working with the City of Albany to coordinate traffic adjustments on Washington Avenue. Lane reductions for vehicle traffic and parking restrictions on Washington Avenue between Swan and Eagle Streets. The Washington Avenue entrance to the Capitol will remain open; however the sidewalk on the south side of Washington Avenue beyond the entrance to Eagle Street will be closed to pedestrians.