The team put together to help select the designer of the new Tappan Zee Bridge is taking to the Hudson River tomorrow to tour the new bridge’s route, reports the Journal News.
Eleven members of the selection review team have been invited to the tour, and about half have confirmed. The artists who are advising on the new bridge’s aesthetics will not be part of the tour.
“We want to give them a first-hand look at the current Tappan Zee Bridge and actually trace the route where the new bridge will go,” Brian Conybeare, the state’s community liaison on the $5 billion project, told The Journal News on Tuesday.
Staff from the New York State Thruway Authority and consultants on the project will be aboard to answer questions from the team members, Conybeare said. The boat will leave from the Thruway’s dock in South Nyack.
“We want them to understand that we want a bridge that will enhance the natural beauty of this region,” he said.
The team is charged with evaluating the three bids and finding the “best value” for the state. A decision is expected by the end of the year.
Selection review team chairman Brandon Sall, a Westchester County resident and member of the Thruway Authority, will speak before the tour begins. The media has also been invited but will travel on a separate boat and will not be allowed to speak with team members due to strict procurement rules, Conybeare said.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the members of the selection review team last month.