By Aaron Kesel
Mysterious metal towers have appeared popping up at local tunnels, and soon they’ll start appearing at bridges, too, but the authorities aren’t stating what they are. Could these be radiation detection devices?
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a transformational plan to re-imagine New York’s crossings for the 21st century which includes deploying cutting-edge technology and security personnel to high-profile crossings in New York to enhance public safety and fortify anti-terror efforts, a press release stated.
The strange metallic towers are part of a $100 million MTA outline called the New York Crossings Project shrouded in secrecy, with 18 of them planned for tunnels and bridges across New York.
Even people on the MTA board in charge of the towers can’t say why they’re being used or what’s in them, CBS2 reported.
A CBS2 reporter demanded answers from MTA’s Chairman Joe Lhota, and the answer they got was that the peculiar pylons are Homeland Security items.
Reporter: “Some of your own board members say they don’t know the specifics.”
Lhota: “The base of these new pieces that are going up include whatever fiber optics are necessary for those Homeland Security items.”
So with Homeland Security’s involvement, one can presume that these towers are anti-terror related. These new devices being radiation detectors isn’t at all a long stretch.
In 2009, NY Daily News reported that radiation detectors called “Advanced Spectroscopic Portal Monitors,” $450,000 devices, were given to the NYPD by the Department of Homeland Security. Those devices were placed on a trio of SUVs at entrances to tunnels, bridges and toll booths according to the publication.
The paper further stated that the NYPD stationed a sophisticated radiation-detecting device called the Thermo-Fissure Portal Monitor – which costs $100,000, at a July 4th celebration at the retired battleship Intrepid.
It’s been 8 years since that report; last year authorities increased radiation detection capabilities across agency assets according to a port authority press release.
A news agency based in New York, Reinvent Albany asked the Authorities Budget Office to investigate whether the MTA board met its fiduciary duty, and was fully informed, before approving contracts related to the governor’s NY Crossings program on MTA bridges and tunnels. $47m worth of expenses for decorative towers at the entrance to the Battery and Queens Midtown Tunnels.
They question whether the MTA board knew what it was doing when it approved $47m worth of expenses for “decorative towers at the entrance to the Battery and Queens Midtown Tunnels,” the publication wrote.
Some MTA board members, including New York City Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, stated that they know little about the towers – even though money has been spent and some of the towers are already up.
“A lot of the board members felt they didn’t have all the details they would have wanted, myself included,” she said.
It’s all speculation at this point what those metallic decorative towers are and what their purpose is, but it doesn’t seem outlandish to think that these are advanced radiation detection towers for preventing a potential bombing at infrastructure throughout New York, with the goal of protecting those bridges and tunnels, especially since Homeland Security is involved.
Hat tip: MassPrivateI
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