Bidders To Compete For New Tappan Zee Bridge Project

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Four bidders hope to win the contract for the new Tappan Zee Bridge, but what they have to provide is different from most other government contracts.

LISTEN: 1010 WINS’ Peter Haskell reports

Officials are hoping a new bidding protocol will help them keep a better handle on cost and construction of the new bridge.

Thruway Authority executive director Tom Madison says unlike most similar projects, they’re not designing the bridge. The same private group that draws up the plan will build it.

“Often times, that public design, when it gets translated to the private contractor to build ends up with cost overruns or with additional orders on contract,” he said.

Madison says he won’t know the cost of the project until bids are received this summer. The ball park estimate is $5 billion.

Please leave a comment below…

  • r.smith

    Who is the State of New York going to hire to review the design and integrity of the
    bridge before the contractor is selected.

  • stan

    Put a cap on cost overruns, say 0% and huge penalties for not being on time. And by the way governments toss $billions around like it used to be $millions.

  • nycsewer

    I bet this bridge will fall down in 2020 why build it

  • Bullett

    There’s going to be huge kick backs on this project……..pockets to line, for sure!

  • Linda

    How about if only American contractors get to bid and get the contract for a change. Lets get back to MADE IN AMERICA.

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