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For Immediate Release: June 14, 2010

Thruway Authority Announces the Next Phase for the Redecking of the Tappan Zee Bridge

The New York State Thruway Authority today announced the award of a $148.8 million contract for the next phase of the redecking project on the Tappan Zee Bridge. The contract was awarded to Tutor Perini Corp. from Peekskill, New York.

“This most recent Tappan Zee Bridge deck replacement contract is part of the Authority's ongoing strategic response to maintenance issues related to this heavily-used bridge,” said Thruway Authority Executive Director Michael R. Fleischer. “In addition to improving service and ensuring the safety of motorists, the project will also improve mobility and reliability of traffic on the bridge.” 

This deck replacement project, the second contract to be awarded since August 2006, will replace approximately 28 percent of the total concrete deck area on the Tappan Zee Bridge. When completed, approximately 96 percent of the original deck will have been replaced since the Bridge opened in 1955.

Congressman Eliot Engel (NY-17) said, "This bridge is a vital link for Rockland and Westchester Counties and for a large amount of commercial traffic to and from New England and upstate New York. This work will keep traffic moving and safe, two principles that are essential to the people using it. The Thruway Authority is right to plan the work for the least busy hours so drivers face the least inconvenience."

“My top priority is to push the new bridge project forward as quickly as possible," said Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski, (New City). "However, I am glad the Authority is making the proper investments to ensure the current bridge is safe and secure.”

Assemblywoman Sandy Galef (Ossining) said: “This is such an important project for our region. We must make sure we upgrade the Tappan Zee Bridge, even as we plan for its brighter future. I am so pleased that the contract for this redecking has been awarded to a local company. This is good for the company, for the City of Peekskill, and for Westchester County. While we make needed repairs to our infrastructure, we are simultaneously stimulating our local economy.”

Similar to other construction projects for the Tappan Zee Bridge and consistent with the goals of the State’s competitive bidding statutes, this work will be done under a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) negotiated between the Thruway Authority, contractors and labor organizations. The PLA provides economic and work efficiency benefits including uniform work rules, coordinated work days and work schedules, as well as other productivity benefits. History has demonstrated that not only have PLAs for projects on the Bridge resulted in savings due to the reduction of daily mobilization and demobilization, contracts have been completed more efficiently with less impact on the traveling public.

“Since 1994, nearly $1 billion in work on the Tappan Zee Bridge and related upgrades have been completed without a single hour of lost time due to worker unrest,” said Ross J. Pepe, President, Construction Industry Council of Westchester and Hudson Valley. “This is an amazing tribute to the decision of the Thruway Authority and local labor leaders to negotiate a Project Labor Agreement with cost saving features and worker protections. The PLA eliminates disputes and provides flexibility for contractors to work efficiently without disrupting traffic.”

Key elements of this deck replacement contract for the Tappan Zee Bridge include:

  • Replacement of road surface deck panels
  • Replacement of the movable barrier deployed to shift traffic flow during peak hours.
  • Safety railings.

As with any project taking place on the heavily-used Tappan Zee Bridge, during construction every effort will be made to minimize traffic disruptions.  For example:

  • Deck replacement materials will be manufactured off-site, reducing noise on-site.
  • Deck replacement work will be conducted primarily during off-peak, overnight shifts, generally from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m.
  • The Authority will limit the contractor’s day work, permitting single lane closures as needed.
  • There are no plans for the regular use of metal plates during the replacement of deck sections.

This deck replacement contract is expected to begin in June 2010; the Authority anticipates the project will be completed in the Winter of 2012.

This contract is the largest single project scheduled to be let by the Authority in 2010. This year the Authority expects to let more than $600 million in projects – the largest one-year letting level in Thruway Authority history.

“Rebuilding and upgrading the Thruway’s more-than-50-year-old infrastructure is the principal focus of the Authority’s on-going $2.1 billion highway and bridge capital program,” Fleischer said.

Tutor Perini Corp. submitted the low bid among six contractors. The high bid was $226.2 million.

The three-mile Tappan Zee Bridge, located about 13 miles north of New York City, carries the New York State Thruway over the Hudson River, between Rockland and Westchester Counties. The structure serves as a lifeline between New York City and Upstate New York. The bridge carries about 140,000 vehicles every day, with volumes as high as 170,000 vehicles daily. The bridge opened in 1955 with a design capacity of 100,000 vehicles per day. In its first year of operation the bridge carried an average of 18,000 vehicles daily.

For more information about the Tappan Zee redecking project please visit the Authority’s website at click on “Projects and Studies,” and then click on “TZB Deck Replacement.”


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