Towers for New Tappan Zee Bridge Completed

Tappan Zee Constructors, comprised of Fluor Enterprises, Inc., American Bridge Company, Granite Construction Northeast, Inc., and Traylor Bros., Inc., has completed all eight 419-foot towers of the New Tappan Zee Bridge project that will replace the old bridge connecting Rockland County with Westchester County on I-87.

The new bridge is scheduled for completion in 2018.

Construction of the eight sleek, chamfered-designed concrete towers – four on both the eastbound and westbound spans – began in the late summer of 2015. The towers will support the 2,230-foot cable-stayed main span. The Fluor-led project team will install a total of 192 stay cables ranging in length from 190 feet to 623 feet. Installation began in July 2016 with more than 60 stay cables anchored and tensioned to date.

“We are making incredible progress on one of the largest and safest construction projects in the country,” said Terry Towle, Fluor’s senior vice president and president of Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC. “This is an exceptionally challenging project. Everything is being done on a huge scale under extreme conditions and on tight timeframes. I am proud of the tremendous team we have working day and night keeping this project on track. Together we are building an iconic bridge that will serve this community for generations.”

The 3.1-mile twin span cable-stayed bridge is the single largest bridge construction project in New York’s history. The bridge will replace the existing Governor Malcolm Wilson Tappan Zee Toll Bridge that connects Rockland County to Westchester County over the Hudson River.

This past July, a crane from the new bridge collapsed and fell on lanes of the off bridge. Several injuries were reported but no fatalities.

The total cost of the new Tappan Zee bridge is expected to be over $4 billion. An average of 138,000 vehicles cross the bridge daily.