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Tappan Zee Bridge Replacement

Project Information
Sector: 
Surface Transportation
Status: 
Complete
Total Estimated Project Cost: 
$5,000,000,000
Description: 
The purpose of the project is to maintain a vital link in the regional and national transportation network by providing an improved Hudson River crossing between Rockland and Westchester Counties. The existing bridge was built in 1955 and now serves approximately 138,000 vehicles per day. While safe to the traveling public, the bridge does not meet current standards for its design or traffic operations. The project would improve structural, operational, mobility, safety, and security features of the Tappan Zee Bridge. Initial planning for the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement considered further highway and transit improvements along the corridor, which would have required much higher funding levels. In 2011, while advancing a financial analysis of the larger corridor project, New York State determined that funding was not available to complete the larger scope of improvements. As a result, the project scope was reduced to match available financing and the project was re-scoped and downsized to focus solely on the Hudson River crossing independent of other highway and transit elements. This rescoped project does not preclude such improvements in the future. The Tappan Zee Bridge provides the only interstate highway crossing of the Hudson River for the 48-mile stretch between the George Washington Bridge (Interstate 95) and the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge (Interstate 84). It is a vital link between the population and employment centers of Rockland and Westchester Counties and is a major route for freight movement. During the past 20 years (1990 to 2010), traffic volumes have grown by almost 30 percent on the Tappan Zee Bridge volumes are highest during the morning eastbound commute and the evening westbound commute, but the bridge is prone to severe congestion during non-commuter periods as well. The Tappan Zee Bridge carries more than 5,000 vehicles per hour during 15 hours (7 AM to 10 PM) on a typical weekday. The bridge serves as a major freight route between points east and west of the Hudson River. It is a primary over-land gateway to New England for goods delivered to the Port of New York and New Jersey. The bridge is also a bypass route around New York City for trucks traveling between New England and points south and west of New York City. The bridge replacement project involves both state and federal resource agencies concerned with the navigation of the Hudson, the removal and disposal of materials from the Hudson River bed, the impacts on protected fish species as well as the historic nature of the bridge, among others. Because of all of these interests and recognizing the significance of this project not only to the region but also as a priority project for the President, significant coordination and communication efforts are underway. This project is on an aggressive schedule that seeks to deliver a project in compliance with environmental regulations while expediting the review process.

Reviews, Approvals and Permits

Title Responsible Agency Responsible Agency POC Target Completion Date Status
NEPA: Headquarters Concurrent Review DEIS Gerry Solomon 1/17/2012 Complete
NEPA: DEIS - Review and Comment Paul Phifer 3/29/2012 Complete
NEPA: DEIS - Review and Comment Grace Musumeci 3/29/2012 Complete
NEPA: DEIS - Review and Comment Patricia Kurkul 3/29/2012 Complete
NEPA: DEIS - Review and Comment Gary Kassof 3/29/2012 Complete
NEPA: DEIS - Review and Comment Christopher Mallery 3/29/2012 Complete
NEPA: Headquarters Concurrent Review DEIS Gerry Solomon 1/17/2012 Complete
Sign the Draft Environmental Impact Statement Jonathan McDade 1/18/2012 Complete
Sign the Final Environmental Impact Statement Jonathan McDade 7/24/2012 Complete
NEPA: FEIS - Review and Comment Paul Phifer 7/31/2012 Complete
NEPA: FEIS - Review and Comment Gary Kassof 9/03/2012 Complete
NEPA: FEIS - Review and Comment Grace Musumeci 9/03/2012 Complete
NEPA: FEIS - Review and Comment Patricia Kurkul 9/03/2012 Complete
NEPA: Headquarters Concurrent Review FEIS Gerry Solomon 7/23/2012 Complete
Issue NEPA Record of Decision Jonathan McDade 9/23/2012 Complete
Pile Installation Demonstration Project: Essential Fish Habitat Informal Consultation Patricia Kurkul 1/14/2012 Complete
Migratory Bird Treaty Act Compliance Paul Phifer 9/03/2012 Complete
Biological Opinion: Pile Demonstration Project Patricia Kurkul 9/30/2012 Complete
National Historic Preservation Act - Letter of Participation Carol Legard 1/01/2012 Complete
Section 106 Memorandum of Agreement Signed Carol Legard 6/27/2012 Complete
Clean Water Act Section 404 Responsibilities Grace Musumeci 4/14/2013 Complete
Clean Water Act Section 404 Permit - Fish & Wildlife Coordination Act Paul Phifer 6/14/2012 Cancelled
Clean Water Act 404 Permit Decision Christopher Mallery 4/14/2013 Complete
Submittal of sediment testing results for Section 103 Permit Christopher Mallery 6/14/2012 Complete
Section 103 Joint Ocean Disoposal Acceptibility Determination Grace Musumeci 5/31/2012 Complete
Concurrent Review - Section 103 Joint EPA-USACE Ocean Disposal Acceptability Determination Christopher Mallery 5/31/2012 Complete
Section 103 Permit: Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act Patricia Kurkul 9/03/2012 Complete
Section 103 Permit: Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act Paul Phifer 9/03/2012 Complete
Section 103 Joint Ocean Disposal Permit - Public Notice Publication Christopher Mallery 6/14/2012 Complete
Section 103 Joint Ocean Disposal Permit Decision Christopher Mallery 4/14/2013 Cancelled
USCG Bridge Permit - Public Notice posted Gary Kassof 8/02/2012 Complete
US Coast Guard Bridge Permit Decision Gary Kassof 4/14/2013 Complete
Conformity Determination Jonathan McDade 8/29/2012 Complete
Execution of Consultation Agreement Patricia Kurkul 10/20/2011 Cancelled
Draft Biological Assessment/Essential Fish Habitat Assessment Patricia Kurkul 1/14/2012 Complete
Biological Assessment/Essential Fish Habitat Assessment Patricia Kurkul 3/01/2012 Complete
Endangered Species Act Section 7 Concurrence/Affect Determination Paul Phifer 8/14/2012 Complete
Final Biological Opinion/Draft Essential Fish Habitat Conservation Measures Patricia Kurkul 6/21/2012 Complete
Biological Opinion/Essential Fish Habitat Conservation Measures Patricia Kurkul 6/30/2012 Complete
Transportation Improvement Plan Approval Jonathan McDade 8/30/2012 Complete
NEPA: Invitation to Cooperating Agencies USACE, DOC, EPA, DOI Jonathan McDade 10/25/2011 Complete
Return Invitation to Cooperating Agencies Christopher Mallery 11/16/2011 Complete
Return Invitation to Cooperating Agencies Patricia Kurkul 11/14/2011 Complete
Return Invitation to Cooperating Agencies Gary Kassof 11/14/2011 Complete
Return Invitation to Cooperating Agencies Paul Phifer 11/14/2011 Complete
Return Invitation to Cooperating Agencies Grace Musumeci 11/14/2011 Complete
Sign Memorandum of Agreement Christopher Mallery 11/14/2011 Cancelled
Sign Memorandum of Agreement Hala Elgaaly 11/14/2011 Complete
Sign Memorandum of Agreement Grace Musumeci 11/09/2011 Complete
Sign Memorandum of Agreement Patricia Kurkul 11/14/2011 Cancelled
Sign Memorandum of Agreement Carol Legard 11/14/2011 Cancelled
Complete NEPA Memorandum of Agreement Jonathan McDade 11/14/2011 Complete
Comments on NEPA: Scoping Package/Coordination Plan Gary Kassof 11/14/2011 Complete
Comments on NEPA: Scoping Package/Coordination Plan Chris Mallery 11/14/2011 Complete
Comments on NEPA: Scoping Package/Coordination Plan Grace Musumeci 11/14/2011 Complete
Comments on NEPA: Scoping Package/Coordination Plan Paul Phifer 11/14/2011 Cancelled
Comments on NEPA: Scoping Package/Coordination Plan Patricia Kurkul 11/14/2011 Complete
NEPA: Distribute Preliminary Draft Environmental Impact Statement USACE, DHS, EPA, DOC, DOI Jonathan McDade 12/13/2011 Complete
NEPA: Preliminary DEIS - Review and Comment Grace Musumeci 12/13/2011 Complete
NEPA: Preliminary DEIS - Review and Comment Patricia Kurkul 12/13/2011 Complete
NEPA: Preliminary DEIS - Review and Comment Christopher Mallery 12/13/2011 Complete
NEPA: Preliminary DEIS - Review and Comment Paul Phifer 12/13/2011 Complete
NEPA: Preliminary DEIS - Review and Comment Gary Kassof 12/13/2011 Complete
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