The 3.1-mile twin span cable stayed bridge is the largest bridge construction project in New York’s history, with a total cost of $3.9 billion. Replacing the original Tappan Zee Bridge, which was completed in 1955, it will include eight traffic lanes, four breakdown lanes, a bike and pedestrian path, state of the art traffic monitoring systems and will accommodate future light rail or commuter rail. When complete it will be one of the largest cable stayed structures of its kind in the world. The new bridge will be designed and constructed to last 100 years without major structural maintenance.
Pittsfield Mayor Dan Bianchi said, “Unistress has often been identified as an innovator in the field of pre-stressed concrete, especially for demanding, large-scale structures such as the Tappan Zee Bridge project. The added jobs will be a welcome boost to the local employment picture and the local economy.”
Unistress will be investing over $6 million in expanding its facilities and hiring over 100 new employees. “We are thrilled to have this project as a catalyst for expanding our bridge division and creating new jobs in our community,” said Perri Petricca, Unistress’ President. “This is a demanding project, both in scale and complexity, much like the Big Dig in Boston, which we worked on from 1997 – 2005,. The General Contractor, TZC, spent months evaluating proposals from precast producers across the country to make sure that whomever they selected could provide 6000 pieces on a tight schedule, designed and built to last 100 years. Unistress got the job.”
"Unistress has shown -- yet again --that they are a world class company”, says State Senator Benjamin B Downing (D-Pittsfield). “Winning this bid is another reminder that right here in our backyard a locally grown company is creating jobs and opportunity while helping communities grow."