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Deal Reached To Save Half A Billion On New Tappan Zee Bridge

Tappan Zee Bridge construction

The cranes alongside the old Tappan Zee Bridge are pile-driving the riverbed, probing for spots to build the new bridge. The sound that is generating is driving everyone crazy, both near and far. (Photo: CBS 2)

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has struck a deal to save a lot of money on the construction of the new Tappan Zee Bridge, WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane reported.

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The agreement with 14 labor organizations will save $452 million, according to Cuomo’s office.

Work scheduling flexibility that could allow for a ten-hour day and four-day work week would, alone, save $122 million.

There’s also a no strike pledge.

The Project Labor Agreement, as it’s known, was reportedly held up on a state push to allow steel work off site, which one union feared would cost its workers some $40 million.

It’s not clear how that has been worked out, but the Governor’s office called the deal a critical step forward for this $6 billion project.

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