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State awards contract for Tappan Zee Bridge redecking project, part II


The same contractor that has spent the last three years redecking part of the Tappan?Zee Bridge will spend the next two years on the next phase of the project.

Tutor Perini Corp. has been awarded a $148.8 million contract, the state Thruway?Authority announced today. The joint venture of Perini Corp. and Tutor-Saliba Corp. submitted the low bid among six contractors. The high bid was $226.2 million.

The bulk of the project will focus on the redecking of the three center lanes of the 54-year-old bridge. The work will start next year and take place overnight. More than 700 deck panels will be replaced and the project will be completed in the winter of 2012.

This year, the contractor will upgrade the bridge’s safety railings to make them harder to climb.

When completed, approximately 96 percent of the original deck will have been replaced since the bridge opened in 1955.

File photo by staff photographer Seth Harrison.

Posted by Khurram Saeed on Monday, June 14th, 2010 at 2:25 pm |
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Transportation planning group’s video takes a look at the future


The New York Metropolitan Transportation Council may not exactly be a household name but it does important, far-reaching work in our region when it comes to planning.

The video below covers 10 desired “growth areas” in the Lower Hudson Valley, New York City and Long Island that the group, and leaders in the area, want to focus on during the coming years.

The big one for us is the development of the Interstate 287 corridor in Rockland and Westchester, which, of course, involves a suitable replacement for the Tappan Zee Bridge and building new mass transit.

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Posted by Khurram Saeed on Thursday, April 16th, 2009 at 2:07 pm |
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TZ Bridge project preliminary financial plan released


Shortly after 3 p.m. today, the three agencies in charge of the Tappan Zee Bridge/I-287 project released the preliminary financial report, which lays out the difficulties ahead but provides no solutions.

“There are no answers in this report – only a roadmap of the financial challenges ahead,” the 383-page financial plan states early on. It’s mostly made up of 11 case studies of large transportation projects.

The report is available at www.tzbsite.com under “Technical Documents.” Read more of this entry »

Posted by Khurram Saeed on Thursday, November 20th, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
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