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New York Chooses Builder for $3.1 Billion Tappan Zee Bridge Replacement
Transportation Nation ^ | 12/17/2012 | Kate Hinds

Posted on 12/20/2012 10:26:00 AM PST by neverdem

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (R), with advisor Brian Conybeare, standing in front of a model of the new design. (Image courtesy of @NYGovCuomo)

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 (presumptive) new Tappan Zee Bridge. (New York Thruway Authority)

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.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; US: New York
KEYWORDS: tappanzee; tappanzeebridge

1 posted on 12/20/2012 10:26:08 AM PST by neverdem
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To: neverdem
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (R)

Hmm... Did I miss something?

2 posted on 12/20/2012 10:27:45 AM PST by ScottinVA (More dizzying than a Tilt-a-Whirl is an around-a-circle argument with a liberal about gun control.)
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To: ScottinVA

;-)


3 posted on 12/20/2012 10:28:53 AM PST by ScottinVA (More dizzying than a Tilt-a-Whirl is an around-a-circle argument with a liberal about gun control.)
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To: neverdem

Can I play with it now? Huh, can I?

4 posted on 12/20/2012 10:30:08 AM PST by Slyfox (The key to Marxism is medicine - V. Lenin)
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To: Slyfox

That model is nowhere near realistic. Realism would show 142 “construction workers” standing around while three are running equipment.


5 posted on 12/20/2012 10:32:24 AM PST by ScottinVA (More dizzying than a Tilt-a-Whirl is an around-a-circle argument with a liberal about gun control.)
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To: neverdem

6 posted on 12/20/2012 10:32:36 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: ScottinVA

LOL! Good catch!


7 posted on 12/20/2012 10:33:30 AM PST by neverdem ( Xin loi min oi)
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To: neverdem

“...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...”


8 posted on 12/20/2012 10:35:24 AM PST by Da Coyote
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To: ScottinVA

(R) means he’s on the right side of the picture...silly!


9 posted on 12/20/2012 10:36:59 AM PST by batmast (All the world's a stage...)
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To: neverdem

If this bridge ever gets built, I bet the cost will be more like 10-15 billion dollars.


10 posted on 12/20/2012 10:37:45 AM PST by D_Idaho ("For we wrestle not against flesh and blood...")
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To: neverdem

I would PERSONALLY carry a man to the moon for a third of that.


11 posted on 12/20/2012 10:39:20 AM PST by Mr. K (There are lies, dammed lies, statistics, and democrap talking points.)
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To: D_Idaho

“Big Dig” Redux


12 posted on 12/20/2012 10:40:32 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: D_Idaho

You are forgetting the government rule of 10: “Anything the government does will end up costing 10 times as much as projected”


13 posted on 12/20/2012 10:43:40 AM PST by Mr. K (There are lies, dammed lies, statistics, and democrap talking points.)
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To: D_Idaho

of course, I’d say a billion over budget and a year behind schedule minimum.


14 posted on 12/20/2012 10:43:49 AM PST by wny
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To: neverdem

Uuuuuuuugly.


15 posted on 12/20/2012 10:44:01 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: D_Idaho

The S.O.P. is ‘bid cheap and kill them on the extras.’


16 posted on 12/20/2012 10:45:45 AM PST by DUMBGRUNT (The best is the enemy of the good!)
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To: neverdem

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.


17 posted on 12/20/2012 10:49:52 AM PST by Olog-hai
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To: cyborg; Clemenza; Cacique; NYCVirago; The Mayor; Darksheare; hellinahandcart; Chode; ...
NYC's 2 tabloid rags drank the koolaid.

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FReepmail me if you want on or off my New York ping list.

18 posted on 12/20/2012 10:51:52 AM PST by neverdem ( Xin loi min oi)
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To: ScottinVA

Must be the guy to the left was even more of a lefty.


19 posted on 12/20/2012 10:54:34 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: DUMBGRUNT
the best price, shortest construction time, minimal dredging, and can accommodate mass transit in the future.

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.

20 posted on 12/20/2012 11:02:24 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (Republicans have made themselves useless, toothless, and clueless.)
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To: ClearCase_guy
The plan for accommodating mass transit was not pictured in the article. Here it is:


21 posted on 12/20/2012 11:07:23 AM PST by alancarp (Liberals: making promises that no one's wallet can keep,)
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To: neverdem

Let’s see...

$3.1 billion + 2% for cost over runs + another 3% for unexpected costs = $24 billion.

That’ll be about right for an honest state like New York.


22 posted on 12/20/2012 11:12:25 AM PST by MeganC (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: neverdem

So, will it made pre-fab in China and shipped to NYC for installation?


23 posted on 12/20/2012 11:17:17 AM PST by OpusatFR
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To: D_Idaho

“If this bridge ever gets built, I bet the cost will be more like 10-15 billion dollars.’

The 4.1 mile Sunshine Skyway bridge spanning Tampa Bay cost $244 million to build between 1982 and 1987. In today’s dollars $244 million would be $494.4 million.

The new Tappan Zee bridge will be 3.1 miles long and have an estimated cost of $3.1 billion.

$3.1 billion versus $494 million in today’s dollars for a mile longer bridge in Florida. Seems like a significant premium.


24 posted on 12/20/2012 11:30:03 AM PST by Soul of the South
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To: Olog-hai
The mass transit folks are gonna scream bloody murder. And from a purely cost/benefit viewpoint, it makes sense to lay the tracks NOW, while the bride is being built. If they decide to add them in, say, 10 years..it will cost a minimum 20x more, plus the construction delays for years will destroy traffic.

Don't know if you know the area, but Tarrytown is gonna be a mess traffic wise.

Some 15 years ago the state spent millions to raise the bridges over the Metro North Hudson line tracks, so that then GM assembly plant in Tarrytown would be able to ship out their cars by rail. No sooner was all the work done than GM closed the plant.

25 posted on 12/20/2012 12:25:29 PM PST by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: ScottinVA

Given the stance of the Dems in NY state, Cuomo is more Rockefeller and Pataki than a modern marxist Dem. My cousin is a state assemblyman from the East End ( A Rep reelected with 67% of the vote this year) and he has a very good relationship with Cuomo. Cuomo sought out my cuz and the other 2010 newly elected Republicans for input when he took office, even though the repubs are a very minority group in the state assembly. While he wouldn’t vote for Cuomo my cousin has a respect for him that he does not possess for most NY Dems, [articularly Tim Bishop.


26 posted on 12/20/2012 1:00:15 PM PST by xkaydet65
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To: Soul of the South
That's because paychecks will need to be cut for thousands of ironworkers' and other thugs' Social Security numbers which will be entered into the computers. The thugs themselves of course will never be seen within miles of the site.

It's the New York Way.

27 posted on 12/20/2012 7:14:05 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Soul of the South
That's because paychecks will need to be cut for thousands of ironworkers' and other thugs' Social Security numbers which will be entered into the computers. The thugs themselves of course will never be seen within miles of the site.

It's the New York Way.

28 posted on 12/20/2012 7:15:05 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: neverdem

Thanks for the ping!


29 posted on 12/20/2012 9:59:54 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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