Builder Chosen For New $3.1B Tappan Zee Bridge

Tappan Zee Constructors is awarded contract; the selected bridge design has a construction time of five years, is mass transit ready and meets environmental standards.

The plan for a new, billion-dollar Hudson River span is moving ahead.

The New York Thruway Authority voted Dec. 17 on Proposal 1 out of the three proposed designs for a new Tappan Zee Bridge, and awarded the $3.1 billion contract to construct the new Tappan Zee Bridge to Tappan Zee Constructors.

"After more than a decade of gridlock and millions of taxpayer dollars spent, we have ended the dysfunction of the past and have a new bridge proposal ready to break ground next year,” said Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in a press release.

“Following an extensive review of all three proposal submissions, the Thruway Board has selected the Tappan Zee Constructors' plan which offers New York toll payers the biggest bang for their buck—with the best price, shortest construction time, minimal dredging, and can accommodate mass transit in the future," he added. "This is a major milestone for a bridge project that was a metaphor for the dysfunction of government and is now a national model for progress." 

The selected design – proposal 1 – received the unanimous vote of the selection committee assigned this task earlier this month.

"It's clearly the best-value option, and will give us a crossing we can be proud of,” said David Aukland, who is on the selection committee. “This experienced builder will understand the importance of minimizing inconvenience for local residents during construction.  The Village expects to work closely with the Thruway Authority and the builder to avoid surprises, and to plan features that will be important to Tarrytown, such as the configuration of the pedestrian and bike landing." 

After a decade of study, Cuomo fast-tracked the project in 2011. There have been 80 community meetings and counting. The three proposals under consideration came by way of an unwieldy 750,000 pages in boxes. Wednesday’s presentation luckily arrived in a photo-full 23-page PDF.

The $3.1 billion design is the cheapest of the three proposals

  • Pricetag: $3.142 Billion
  • Construction time: 5 years, 2.5 months
  • Mass transit ready
  • Meets environmental standards

"This proposal provides the best price, the shortest construction time, and the least impact on the Hudson River," said Rockland County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef. "It maximizes the use of taxpayer and toll payer dollars."

The mass transit task force was announced earlier this month as well with 28 members.

Here are more statements from other local leaders on the new bridge selection: http://www.governor.ny.gov/press/12172012newtappanzeebridge

Defender December 19, 2012 at 01:17 PM
OK, so we finally have a builder and a design. Five years from now or from when they break ground? And if it's the second one, when are they actually going to get started? The Hoover Dam (one of the largest construction projects in history) was built in 5 years, the Empire State Building in 2 years. Why does it now take 5 years to build a standard bridge, even with all of our modern technology - and after 15 years of fiddling around?
Walt December 19, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Where does the "future rail link" to Metro North fit into that funky bridge design?
Bob Tyson December 19, 2012 at 07:06 PM
OSHA is the main reason. Enviromental issues are most likely involved also. 96 workers died building the Hoover Dam and 5 at the Empire State building. I also don't think they were concerned about sediment control and what animals might be affected with the Hoover Dam. Times change. I just hope it is only 5 years and 2.5 months not 7 -8 or 9 years.
YoungGrasshopper December 20, 2012 at 04:56 AM
Why don't they just use some extra Rockland Boulders to build the bridge? (get it, boulders?) And after that, they can hire the builder as the new manager for the team. Everybody wins.


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