The Tappan Zee Constructors joint venture was chosen yesterday by the New York State Thruway Authority and the New York State Department of Transportation.
Three design concepts and corresponding budgets had been presented to the public earlier this month and Tappan Zee Constructors’ submission, identified only as ‘proposal one’ was recommended at that time by the selection committee. The authority’s board of directors made the final selection. The scheme's price of US$3.142bn (£1.94bn) was considerably less than the other two proposals, which were US$3.99bn and US$4.059bn.
"The combined experience of our team enabled us to put forward an attractive and cost competitive design," said Steve Dobbs, president of Fluor’s Industrial & Infrastructure Group. "We also will be able to leverage our recent successful bridge construction experiences, like the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, and our unique equipment capabilities in making this important project a reality."
The 3.1-mile-long Tappan Zee Bridge connects Rockland County to Westchester County in the Lower Hudson Valley, approximately 25 miles north of midtown Manhattan.