04:15 PM - 05:45 PM
6 October 2021

Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge (aka Tappan Zee Bridge)

Significant Projects

Crossing the Hudson River, the original 3-mile bridge opened in 1955 carrying 7 lanes of traffic across the Tappan Sea – named for the Tappan Native American tribe and “zee” being Dutch for “sea’.  By the turn of the 21st century discussions got underway in earnest about replacing the bridge and in 2013 the New York Thruway Authority began construction on the double-span replacement – each span with 5 lanes including a designated bus lane on each span.

Costing over $3 billion, the new Gov Mario M. Cuomo Bridge saw many innovations and challenges which the panelists will expound upon including launching of the project, streamlining and managing the environmental performance commitments, managing the contract, public outreach, inclusion and design features.  The panel will include Karen Rae, then Deputy Secretary for Transportation, Bill Estes, Of Counsel with Ballard Spahr , Jamey Barbas from the NYSTA and Matthew Rao of AECOM.

Co-moderated by ASCE Past-President and ASCE President-Elect, Kancheepuram N. “Guna” Gunalan, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE, Pres.20.ASCEand Maria C. Lehman, P.E., ENV SP, F.ASCE, both of whom played key roles in the project.  Combined with the Opening and Closing Sessions of Tech Talks, this session will provide a wonderful understanding of what is involved in the making of a successful mega-project, lessons that may be applied to any project.