Every day about 134,000 vehicles cross the Tappan Zee Bridge trav- elling over the Hudson River in the New York Metropolitan Area. Since the 1980s, the bridge has been in notable decline and undisputedly would be costly to repair.
The Final Environmental Impact Statement foresees that maintaining the current bridge would cost $1.3 bil- lion over the next decade. To address this problem, as well as other shortcomings, the decision was made by the New York State Thruway Au- thority to replace the bridge rather than expend funds to mitigate the deficiencies identified at the Tappan Zee Bridge. The new design is being constructed to be safer, improve traffic and may one day support a rail line. On March 9, 2012, the New York State Thruway Authority put out a Request for Proposal to design and construct a new bridge under the Design-Build delivery method. The new bridge is referred to as the “New NY Bridge.”