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Re: Four Teams Short-Listed for $5-Billion Tappan Zee Bridge Rebuild
— by Ted Ted
The 4 p.m. deadline has passed, and three teams of contractors have submitted bids to build a replacement for the aging Tappan Zee Bridge, the state Thruway Authority just announced.

Four coalitions of contractors and engineers had been invited to bid on the estimated $5.2 billion construction project in the lower Hudson Valley. Three of those teams did, while a fourth did not submit a bid by the deadline.

The Thruway Authority received more than 70 boxes and about 750,000 pages from the three coalitions, according to a statement from Brian Conybeare, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s special advisor for the Tappan Zee project. (The picture at left shows the paperwork all boxed up.)

The coalition that did not provide a bid called itself the Hudson River Bridge Constructors. It included companies such as Dragados USA, Inc., Flatiron Constructors, Inc., Samsung C&T, E&C Americas, Inc., and Yonkers Contracting Company, Inc.

Here’s the full statement from Conybeare:

 Today the Thruway Authority received three proposals for building a new bridge to replace the Tappan Zee. The proposals comprise more than 70 boxes and an estimated 750,000 pages. The submitted bids are from the following teams:

Kiewit-Skanska-Weeks Joint Venture

(Kiewit Infrastructure Co., Skanska USA Civil Northeast Inc., and Weeks Marine, Inc.)

Tappan Zee Bridge Partners, a Bechtel/Tutor Perini Joint Venture

(Bechtel Infrastructure Corporation and Tutor Perini Corporation)

Tappan Zee Constructors

(Fluor Enterprises, Inc., American Bridge Company, Granite Construction Northeast, Inc., and Traylor Bros., Inc.)

The first stage involves reviewing the proposals for completeness and compliance before the proposals are deemed accepted for substantive selection review, a process expected to take four weeks given the massive volume of material. Additional information regarding the selection process that will begin in four weeks will be available next week, and the process will be open and transparent as federal procurement law will allow.”
Labor stability & achieving major project milestones and timely completion require the Throughway Authority to consider the full history of the three enterprises submitting bids by the deadline.

Of the three enterprises above, Fluor has a disturbing history with wage & hour violations, overall project safety, attention to detail and an abhorrent record before the NLRB and Appellate Courts. Moreover, they are a notorious Union buster and do so shamelessly.

Out of the gate, this leaves Kiewit-Skanska-Weeks Joint Venture & Tappan Zee Bridge Partners, a Bechtel/Tutor Perini Joint Venture as the two leading contenders.

While form, function and the cost and ease of long term maintenance are primary factors, bonding capacity and access to capital in this debt ridden Obama economy must also be of primary import to those charged with awarding this contract, thus leaving one obvious choice, Tappan Zee Bridge Partners.