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Thruway Authority withholds money from builders of TZ Bridge over loose barges

TARRYTOWN – The Thruway Authority announced Monday that it is withholding up to $1 million a month in project progress payments from Tappan Zee Constructors, the consortium building the new TZ Bridge, because of a series of incidents involving construction barges becoming loose from their moorings at the construction site.

The most recent incident occurred on Sunday, March 30 at about 3:45 p.m. when a company barge broke loose from its mooring south of the existing bridge. The barge traveled about two miles before being secured in the main navigation channel off the Dobbs Ferry shoreline. No injuries or property damage were reported.

A full investigation is underway.

Other incidents of barges breaking free occurred on September 22, 2013 and January 3.

“Until TZC delivers a contractually required corrective action plan that can be reviewed and approved by our project team, we are going to withhold up to $1 million per month in project progress payments, as allowed under the contract,” said Bridge Project Director Peter Sanderson.

The decision comes on top of recent boater safety enhancements announced for the Hudson River near the construction zone, including the Thruway Authority’s direction to the TZC to install a GPS tracking system on its barges, crew boats and other vessels.

The GPC system is being installed and should be up and running by the end of April.