The New Tappan Zee Bridge Opens in New York

Matthew McMullan

Matthew McMullan Communications Manager, Alliance for American Manufacturing

We got a new bridge, everybody.

After four years of construction, the $4 billion replacement for the Tappan Zee Bridge over the Hudson River in New York has opened. This new bridge (rechristened the Gov. Mario Cuomo Bridge) will ultimately consist of two separate spans for east- and westbound traffic. Right now, the westbound traffic travels over a newly completed span.

The eastbound traffic still temporarily uses the old Tappan Zee. That will be the case until later this fall, when two-way traffic will shift entirely to the new span and the old Tappan Zee is demolished. The traffic will split again in 2018 when the second new span is completed.

The governor is pleased:

And so are we. This bridge was made with American-made steel. A lot of it came from a fabricator in Pennsylvania, High Steel, and more still came from ArcelorMittal USA’s plate mills in Pennsylvania and Indiana.

That’s a lot of American work for an American infrastructure project that came in on-time and on-budget. That’s unlike California's San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge that the then-governator, Arnold Schwarzenegger ... 

... outsourced to a Chinese state-owned enterprise to keep costs down. That project was marred by delays, quality concerns, and a much larger bill than anticipated.  

Good on the state of New York for getting this big infrastructure project done right.

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Reposted from AAM

Posted In: Allied Approaches, From Alliance for American Manufacturing

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An Invitation to Sunny Miami. What Could Be Bad?

Sam Pizzigati

Sam Pizzigati Editor, Too Much online magazine

If a billionaire “invites” you somewhere, you’d better go. Or be prepared to suffer the consequences. This past May, hedge fund kingpin Carl Icahn announced in a letter to his New York-based staff of about 50 that he would be moving his business operations to Florida. But the 83-year-old Icahn assured his staffers they had no reason to worry: “My employees have always been very important to the company, so I’d like to invite you all to join me in Miami.” Those who go south, his letter added, would get a $50,000 relocation benefit “once you have established your permanent residence in Florida.” Those who stay put, the letter continued, can file for state unemployment benefits, a $450 weekly maximum that “you can receive for a total of 26 weeks.” What about severance from Icahn Enterprises? The New York Post reported last week that the two dozen employees who have chosen not to uproot their families and follow Icahn to Florida “will be let go without any severance” when the billionaire shutters his New York offices this coming March. Bloomberg currently puts Carl Icahn’s net worth at $20.5 billion.

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