Tappan Zee Bridge Project
In 2014, the Port was awarded contracts for the New NY Bridge through Tappan Zee Constructors (TZC) for property leasing, steel fabrication and mechanicals, and stevedoring contracts for precast work. Once full scale construction is underway, these contracts will create upwards of 200 new jobs. The Bridge is a $3.4 billion project that requires an investment of millions of dollars to support the overall construction of the structure. As a result, TZC has permitted and will be constructing $3 to $5 million worth of heavy bridge building infrastructure at the Port. As a condition of the DEC permit issued to TZC and the Port, at the end of the New NY Bridge project, TCZ must remove the infrastructure improvements. The Port is working to have the improvements permitted as permanent and be allowed to take ownership of the improvements at the end of the New NY Bridge project to allow future bridge projects in New York State and on the East Coast to be built and shipped at the Port. Tappan Zee Contractors, working with their subcontractors to construct the New NY Bridge, understand the cost savings and schedule advantages to using the Port to assemble more than 200 sections of steel and place utilities. The Port will also be the primary point for barge shipments of 7,000 pieces of pre-cast concrete to the New NY Bridge. In 2012, Governor Cuomo announced accelerated road and bridge projects in New York City and the Finger Lakes as part of the NY Works Program. Keeping these road and bridge projects here in New York, specifically upstate, would greatly revitalize our local and state economies. The Port of Coeymans has proven to be the ideal site for these types of projects and by utilizing the Hudson River, truck traffic is greatly reduced on our highways. In addition to using less fossil fuel and causing less erosion of road systems, barging bridge components is more cost effective - contractors can manufacture larger pieces for transport by barge than could be transported by truck, and assembly can occur on site, so pieces only have to be moved once.