Madison: Late summer start to new Tappan Zee Bridge (hopefully)


The (expected) new executive director of the Thruway Authority said today he’s hopeful the state can move forward with construction of a replacement for the Tappan Zee Bridge as soon as “late Summer,” though it’s not clear where the money will come from to cover the expected $5 billion price tag.

Thomas Madison, who was tapped by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to handle the authority’s day-to-day operations and is expected to be confirmed by the Senate today, faced questions earlier today from the Senate Corporations, Commissions and Authorities Committee.

Most of the questions focused on the state’s plans for a new Tappan Zee span between Rockland and Westchester counties. The Thruway Authority — along with the state Department of Transportation — is currently handling a “request for qualifications” from construction companies for the construction project.

Madison said the Thruway Authority is “working to bring (the Tappan Zee project) on line at some point this summer.” And as of now, the state is planning on footing the bill.

“At this moment in time, we don’t have the legal statutory allowance in New York state to do public-private partnership as they are technically defined in transportation projects,” Madison said. “So right now, the plan is that the Tappan Zee Bridge will be a publicly financed project.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has pushed public-private partnerships for some time, choosing to devote much of his second State of the State address to the idea of attracting private investment. But, according to Madison, legislation would likely have to be passed to allow for something like that with the Tappan Zee.

Madison, a Binghamton native who formerly served as the state Department of Transportation commissioner, is one of four expected to be confirmed when the Senate convenes today. Others are Joe Lhota as MTA commissioner, Gil Quiniones as president of the New York Power Authority, and Agnes Gund as a member of the Council of the Arts.

Madison’s time frame for construction on a new Tappan Zee Bridge lines up with that in the authority’s “request for qualifications,” which estimates a contract will be awarded by August. Here’s a timetable, lifted from that document.


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  1. The Construction of The Tap pan Zee Bridge is kind of a Fairy Tale. I am sure a good Children Story Book it can become. This whole Process since the Rebuilding Surfaced as a Topic….It is apparent with an Object Fact Find Study that this Process is and has been conducted as “installed”. The People who have studied law can refresh their comprehension of the exact meaning of the word when (used in this context) what exactly is the legal defination of the word in The Blacks Law Dictionary!

    100 Years ago in The United States of America and Later, there are these very Bridges that were Constructed , these are the same Bridges on which we have been travelling generations after generations!

    Later, came these few men that established thier “Authority” ” Put their Names on it” (most disgusting of the name putting practices was when Mr.Ed Koch” got his name on 59 Street Queens Borough’s Bridge! Just like that! Just like that! And or An Unelected Govornor succeeding from A n Administration of a Resigning Govornor got his name on this Tappan Zee Bridge! And, the live goes on!….

    How talented Our Present Society of Who Knows Who is that we are not able to build just one bridge! Tell me about it…..This is a direct reflection is of how the we function! May be or Surely there is no competence is left in the governance!….WELL! SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER what Patornising and Crushing Talanted People could have done to Our Country! Apparently, its getting down the drain!….

    I avid Reader of US History….and (this) era and the prevalent practices of how we are Goverance Our Country is really amazing! Where and with what Mantalities were many of US raised….There is no Respect anywhere. There is a scilence among Regulars in Our Town Halls…..They are abnormally silent! Many have eye to eye communications and there is some sort of “secret” that only the Regulars know! Why! It’s a Federal Matter that may interest the Federal Government. Something! is not right!

    When, People are abnormally silent, and only want to know what the other person is doing or does and not speak a word about themselves, there is a flag! cheek there forehead and look into their eyes! they will flinch….Hate Mongering is rampant all around as they are living in divided neighborhoods in a United Country!…

    But! The Most interesting part is they will only constantly stare and keep the State and many also get there mouth open and thank god we have no flys in the Town Halls in America….!

    The body language and scilence tells a lot! And, Thai is a brand new dimensions for the Intelligence Community to focus at. The Republic of George Washington is being looted by a many in broad day light!

    Concluding! Many look like Amercans, but no one knows what that talk in Private and How they feel about the Country? Wrong answer. The Republic knows. Some Americans are talented to comprehend in 30 Second the entire Rap Sheet! 99% accuracies! Just Research The Village of Airmont (from last summer to late November… Go find out Who may be plowing his Bar License? It’s a TRUE STORY.. JUST FOR A SAMPLE EXAMPLE!

    So Help Me God .

    Yes Sir! (and Madams)

    Yours truly,
    HABIBHASAN-An American Storyteller.