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For Immediate Release: 07/19/17
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THRUWAY AUTHORITY BOARD OF DIRECTORS APPROVES FUTURE TRANSFER OF TAPPAN ZEE BRIDGE MATERIALS TO STATE AND LOCAL MUNICIPALITIES

Move Will Spare Municipalities from Having to Pay for New Deck Panels and Equipment, Allowing Much Needed Infrastructure Projects to Move Forward

Eight Local Municipalities Across the State Will Receive Tappan Zee Bridge Deck Panels, Saving Up to an Estimated $3 million

The New York State Thruway Authority Board of Directors Monday approved the future transfer of 133 deck panel units and two moveable barrier machines and moveable barrier from the Tappan Zee Bridge to nearly a dozen state and local municipalities. Once open to traffic, The Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge will no longer require the use of the deck panels or moveable barrier system.

“The transfer of these materials will save local municipalities millions of dollars which will help important infrastructure projects move forward with a much lower cost to local counties and towns,” Thruway Authority Acting Executive Director Bill Finch said. “The Tappan Zee Bridge has been a pillar for drivers going over the Hudson River to and from New York City for 60 years, and this approval ensures the public benefit throughout will be felt long after the final span closes.”

Thruway Authority Board of Directors’ Chair Joanne M. Mahoney said, “The transfer of these materials is a great model for success. The deck panels are going to counties who will use them to fast-track important infrastructure projects without passing on extra costs onto taxpayers.”

Installed within the last ten years, the Tappan Zee Bridge deck panel units are approximately 13-foot wide by 50-foot long. Each panel is 8.25-inch thick and weighs approximately between 75,500-86,500 pounds.

Overall, eight local municipalities and the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) sent letters requesting the transfer of Tappan Zee Bridge deck panels for future infrastructure needs. Including removal and delivery, the deck panel units have an estimated value of almost $3 million.

The number of panels requested by the NYSDOT and local municipalities are as follow:

Municipality Deck Panels
NYSDOT 37
Monroe County 31
Wyoming County 15
Orange County 14
Essex County 12
Chemung County 6
Steuben County 6
Livingston County 6
Allegany County 6

The Thruway Authority will also transfer the Tappan Zee Bridge’s moveable barrier system to the New York City Department of Transportation. The current movable barrier system was put into service in February of 2007 and consists of two movable barrier machines and approximately 16,500 feet of barrier wall.

When the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge opens later this year, northbound and southbound traffic will consist of four travel lanes in both directions and the moveable barrier system will no longer be needed.

The New York City Department of Transportation says it could use the movable barrier system in multiple locations in conjunction with NYSDOT and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). It is estimated that the transfer will save approximately $17.5 million as a result of not having to purchase a new movable barrier system.

Thruway Authority Board Member Richard N. Simberg said, “This is a good deal for everyone involved. This will turn an almost an invaluable resource into a very valuable one which will spread around the state. I think it’s a great move.”

Updated information on the construction of the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge can be found at www.newnybridge.com or on Twitter by following @NewNYBridge.

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