Bridge Selection Committee's Unanimous Vote

Tarrytown's David Aukland speaks of the process behind the selection committee deliberations and their recommendation of Proposal 1.

On Wednesday the Thruway Authority presented to Governor Andrew Cuomo the three proposed designs for a new Tappan Zee Bridge.

One of these – proposal 1 – received the unanimous vote of the selection committee assigned this task.

The committee included Tarrytown's David Aukland, who serves on the village's planning board and offered this insight into the process and what’s to come.

  • "I have been impressed throughout by the professionalism of the Authority's advisors, which helped us reach a unanimous recommendation quickly in this ground-breaking selection process."
  • "It has been exciting to share the process with an exceptional team of professionals and community members."
  • "In many ways, this has been the easy part; building the replacement bridge will take six long years, and it will be very important to assure a close relationship between local communities, the Authority and the builder. During the six years, many points will emerge that we shall need to resolve in a timely way, to be sure the schedule is maintained and that the impact on the community is as limited as is practical.”

Aukland added they are still working out the ways that the village, the Authority and the builder would work together. He said he could yet specify why the committee landed so decisively on option number one (with the lowest pricetag of $3.142 billion), though one could imagine it has something to do with the pricetag.

Wednesday’s release of the designs followed a decade of study until Cuomo fast-tracked the project in 2011. There have been 80 community meetings and counting. The three proposals under consideration came by way of an unwieldy 750,000 pages in boxes. Wednesday’s presentation luckily arrived in a photo-full 23-page PDF.

The Thruway Authority votes on the three proposals on December 17. What’s yours? Take our poll

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Smitty Chesterfield December 06, 2012 at 02:34 PM
The Honda Bridge
John Chebetar December 06, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Smitty, I didn't even notice that at first! If I had to choose I would have gone with choice #2 for looks but even that was iffy.
CJ December 07, 2012 at 01:43 AM
HH for Headless Horseman?
Peter Levine December 07, 2012 at 02:42 AM
It doesn't matter what we think! It was always going to be the cheapest one anyway! I'm just curious about what the cheapest choice doesn't have, that the others do, for it to come in about 1 Billion dollars less. Cheapest is not always the best.You don't get a second chance!
Jim H December 07, 2012 at 03:48 AM
It's nice that they are sharing some pictures and cost to build with the public.... Seems odd that #2 and #3 are 30% more than #1...Unfortunately that we get no information about the cost of owning it, the expected life span or the details of what's included/not included in each proposal ... or what assumptions were made for each proposal. And they are asking the public to comment on what? These are fixed price bids. Often, when you see this much of a spread, the guy with the lowest bid either missed something or offset the risk by making some fairly big assumptions. And in 6 years, if/when we find out the project is behind schedule and costing us more because of some assumption in the contract, where will all of these guys who saved us a billion dollars on the up front cost going to be? I agree with Mr Levine. There's not enough info released for me to tell you which option I like best. FWIW- I like the way #2 looks best.


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