Carrier Dome roof project to see one of the biggest cranes in the US arrive Tuesday

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — The project to replace the Carrier Dome roof is moving along well and about to go to another level.

Very early Tuesday morning, the tracks and cab of an enormous 1,100-ton crane will arrive on campus.

“They come up the road about 4 o’clock in the morning with a police escort, they’re oversized so in order to get them up here, we’re bringing them very early in the morning. It will take weeks for us to assemble that crane,” Carrier Dome Managing Director Pete Sala says.

These parts are brand new from the Liebherr company’s factory in Germany.

The boom arm can stretch about 580 feet in the air. That’s about 460 feet above the roof of The Dome.

SU has already received 21 truckloads of equipment to build the crane, but will get another 60-65 truckloads before everything is at The Dome.

It will take about three weeks to build the huge crane with hopes it’s ready to start operating around the middle of August.

Sala tells NewsChannel 9, “It’s one of the biggest cranes in the United States, very abnormally large.”

Right now, crews are busy with the first phase of steel installation. You can see X-braces going up on one corner of The Dome.

Eventually, all four corners will have this steel bracing to carry a lot of the load of the steel truss that will hold the roof.

The roof will no longer be air inflated eliminating a constant around the clock concern for the University and Sala.

“Not worrying about keeping the roof up every day and whether there’s a power outage and wind and weather, those things go away. We’re putting on a 40- to 50-year roof that can withstand a worst 200-year storm,” Sala says.

The steel truss system should be finished by late January. The project will pause in February and then The Dome will be completely shut down March 1, 2020. At this time the new roof will be installed and the old roof will be deflated and taken down.

The roof should be in place around July of next year.

Sala, adds, “I think the fans, when they come in the door, the first time they come in for a night game will be blown away.”

The entire first phase of the project complete with new lights, sounds system and video board is supposed to be completed by September, 2020.

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