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For Immediate Release: August 1, 2006

THRUWAY AUTHORITY ANNOUNCES PERINI CONTRACTORS AWARDED TAPPAN ZEE BRIDGE DECK REPLACEMENT PROJECT
Authority, State Comptroller Award Contract to Lowest Responsible Bidder

The New York State Thruway Authority today announced that the Tappan Zee Bridge Deck Replacement Project has been awarded to Perini/Tutor-Saliba, JV, of Peekskill, New York. The award was made after the Thruway Authority, in cooperation with the New York State Comptroller’s Office, conducted an extensive review of the contractor.

“The deck replacement project is part of the Authority’s commitment to properly maintain and operate the bridge by continuing to make the necessary investments to assure safe and efficient travel for the thousands of motorists that cross the bridge daily,” said Thruway Authority Executive Director Michael R. Fleischer. “This deck replacement project is a necessary interim measure to ensure safe, reliable service to the traveling public while the Tappan Zee Bridge Environmental Review progresses.”

“The Thruway Authority and the Comptroller’s Office concurred that a strong and effective monitoring agreement to supplement existing engineering inspection requirements and other program controls would help to ensure that Perini meets all of the terms of this complex $147 million project. I want to thank Authority Executive Director Michael Fleischer and his staff for their diligence and cooperation throughout this process,” said State Comptroller Alan G. Hevesi.

The monitoring agreement enhances the Authority's existing program of DBE monitoring and coupled with the contract inspection and oversight performed by independent professional engineers will ensure compliance with all terms of the contract with the Authority.

As first steps, Perini will conduct widespread field measurements and surveys of the bridge, as required by the bid documents, to assure that every section will fit when installed at night. Perini will also install shields under certain portions of the existing deck to prevent material from falling into the river, and develop structural steel and prefabricated concrete shop drawings for review and approval by Thruway Authority engineers. Extensive electrical work will also be conducted in preparation for a new bridge deck lighting system.

In 2007 Perini will use the extensive resources at their disposal and supply multiple crews, cranes and barges, in order to rapidly advance the deck replacement work. Even though deck panel replacement will not begin until spring 2007, the redecking project could be completed by the fall of 2008.

“Given the importance of this project, the Authority and the Comptroller’s Office invested a significant amount of time reviewing the Perini’s proposal and have agreed that the contractor is a responsible party,” said Thruway Authority Executive Director Michael R. Fleischer. “In the end, Perini’s plan to measure, conduct surveys, and do the majority of the prefabrication work prior to the actual redecking should further reduce the amount of actual construction time on the bridge, thus reducing the associated construction impacts to both drivers and nearby residents.”

As planned, the Authority will implement the following strategies to minimize the construction impact of this project on travelers:

  • Deck replacement work will be conducted primarily during off-peak, overnight shifts, from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m.
  • The Authority will limit day work, permitting occasional single lane closures as needed.
  • Deck replacement materials will be manufactured off-site, reducing noise on-site and shortening the duration of the project overall.

Information on the Tappan Zee Bridge Deck Replacement Project, is available online at www.thruway.state.ny.us/projectsandstudies/projects/tzbdeck/index.html. The project website offers information about the history of the bridge, project schedules and highlights, innovations to reduce construction time and impacts, frequently asked questions (FAQs), ways to contact the Authority with questions and/or concerns, and other useful information.

Project information will also be broadcast to motorists via electronic Dynamic Message Signs (DMS) and by highway advisory radio (HAR), 530 AM in the Tappan Zee Corridor and 1610 AM in the Newburgh area. Project updates will also be sent regularly to the media.

Per standard practice, the Authority conducted an analysis of the prices used in Perini’s bid of $146,878,378.30. The analysis is used to check the reasonableness of the unit prices. Additionally, the Authority conducts due diligence reviews of all low bidders in accordance with state Comptroller Bulletin G-221, and in compliance with guidelines promulgated by the New York State Council of Contracting Agencies (NYSCCA).

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