New TZ Bridge Project Reaches Environmental Approval Milestone
Tarrytown, NY – On March 27, 2013, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced an agreement between New York State and two leading environmental groups regarding the types of environmental protective measures that will be put into place during construction of the new Tappan Zee Bridge.
The Construction Industry Council of Westchester and Hudson Valley, Inc. (CIC), a professional trade organization representing more than 500 local construction and building industry firms working throughout the Hudson Valley region, applauds this milestone as the next important step toward beginning construction on what will be among the most impactful projects in the history of the region.
“The permit that was issued by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) provides the type of protection and guidance needed for ecologically and environmentally responsible construction,” says Ross J. Pepe, CIC president and Treasurer of BuildTheBridgeNowNY.org. “Our members look forward to helping build the bridge in a way that is win-win for all -- the river, the local infrastructure, the economy of our region, and the thousands of construction workers who will be involved the project.”
The permit protects two local endangered fish species, the Atlantic sturgeon and the shortnose sturgeon, and also includes $10 million for research and ecological improvements in the river.
“With this permit, we are one step closer to the start of construction,” says Pepe. “CIC and its partners in BuildTheBridgeNowNY.org congratulate Governor Cuomo on his leadership and vision in shepherding this project expeditiously through the necessary approval process.”