Skip to comments.New York Chooses Builder for $3.1 Billion Tappan Zee Bridge Replacement
Posted on 12/20/2012 10:26:00 AM PST by neverdem
UPDATE: It’s official: New York has awarded the contract to construct the new Tappan Zee Bridge.
In a press release, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said, 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. 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.
Earlier Monday, Tom Madison, the executive director of the New York State Thruway Authority, said he was supporting a $3.1 billion plan to replace the Tappan Zee Bridge.
The board unanimously approved the contract at its meeting on Monday.
The wining design was recommended by a selection committee earlier this month. At $3.1 billion, it’s the least expensive of the three design finalists; Madison pointed out that with a construction time of five years, 2.5 months, it’s also the fastest to build. It’s one of the largest contracts ever executed in New York — and it will be the first project constructed under the state’s new design-build legislation.
The winning bidder is Tappan Zee Constructors — a consortium led by Fluor Enterprises, Inc.. One of the team members is American Bridge — the company which constructed the original Tappan Zee back in 1955.
No financing plan is yet in place to construct the bridge. Cuomo reiterated Monday “the tolls on the Tappan Zee will be one of the main funding sources for that bridge.” The state is also waiting to see if the federal government will approve its request for a $2.9 billion TIFIA loan.
New York’s comptroller has to sign off on the contract.
Hmm... Did I miss something?
Can I play with it now? Huh, can I?
That model is nowhere near realistic. Realism would show 142 “construction workers” standing around while three are running equipment.
LOL! Good catch!
“...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.....”
Bull Obama. NY is a corrupt liberal state.
Should read, “...plan which offers kickbacks to the Obamadork, New York Liberal politicians, their cohart felons, and unions, a totally incalculable construction time, much dredging for additional bucks, and may be able to accommodate a car or two within the next twenty years...”
(R) means he’s on the right side of the picture...silly!
If this bridge ever gets built, I bet the cost will be more like 10-15 billion dollars.
I would PERSONALLY carry a man to the moon for a third of that.
“Big Dig” Redux
You are forgetting the government rule of 10: “Anything the government does will end up costing 10 times as much as projected”
of course, I’d say a billion over budget and a year behind schedule minimum.
The S.O.P. is ‘bid cheap and kill them on the extras.’
Oh well. There goes the idea of a rail crossing into Rockland County, which actually dates back to when the New York & Erie Railroad first built into Piermont with an eye to crossing the Hudson at that location one day. Would have been nice to have seen a revitalization of the old Erie RR Piermont branch, as well as a possible direct link from the Port Jervis line into Grand Central (and for freight trains into the Bronx and Queens), but that is what happens when you let government step all over things.
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Must be the guy to the left was even more of a lefty.
Such a bid should be immediately disqualified.
The classic offer from a reputable consultant is: "Fast production, Cheap production, Quality production -- pick any two".
You cannot have it all. Something has to give. If someone says they can give you everything you want, then they are lying, and they are knowingly expecting to screw you later.