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President Obama visits Tappan Zee Bridge

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​President Barack Obama in front of Tappan Zee Bridge.

​President Barak Obama visited the New NY Bridge, (Tappan Zee Hudson River Crossing) makes case for cutting red tape for infrastructure projects.

​President Barack Obama visited the construction site of the replacement for the Tappan Zee Bridge crossing the Hudson River in New York. The main span on the new 3-mile long bridge is designed by COWI engineers from Buckland & Taylor, Flint & Neill and COWI in Lyngby.

The replacement bridge, which is now rising next to the original span, is expected to cost $3.9 billion — one of the largest public works projects in the US – and will replace the existing 58 years old structure. The Tappan Zee bridge replacement many be the first of many coming projects and President Obama announced a number of initiatives aimed at quickly restoring America's crumbling infrastructure.

"We’re cutting bureaucratic red tape that stalls good projects from breaking ground,” Obama said.

This came on the heels of comments directed at the existing crossing and its dire condition.

"At times, you can see the river through the cracks in the pavement. Now, I’m not an engineer, but I figure that’s not good" he said and continued:

“I am going to keep fighting alongside all of you to rebuild America. I want us to not just rebuild one bridge. I want us to rebuild every bridge,” said the President.

As a subconsultant to HDR Engineering, Buckland & Taylor, with support from parent company COWI and sister company Flint and Neill, designed the main span of the new bridge. B&T will also provide erection engineering. Additionally, B&T with COWI North America partners CÓWI MARINE North America will be responsible for operations and maintenance planning, structural health monitoring system design, corrosion protection planning and service life modeling, ship impact assessment and the Rockland permanent dock and bulkhead design.

The 3-mile long (including approaches) New NY Bridge links Westchester and Rockland Counties across the Hudson River in New York State. Construction is began in 2013 and is expected to take five years to complete.

Published 29.05.2014

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