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Army Corps and Coast Guard Permits Secured for Tappan Zee Bridge Replacement

By: Adam Stolorow

The New NY Bridge Project crossed the finish line in its pre-construction permitting process yesterday, securing federal permits from both the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Coast Guard.  A replacement for the aging Tappan Zee Bridge, the New NY Bridge Project will traverse the Hudson River and connect  Rockland and Westchester Counties.

The Army Corps issued individual permits for the bridge under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (for discharge of fill into navigable waters of the United States) and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act (for dredging and other in-water construction work).  The Coast Guard bridge construction permit was issued pursuant to the General Bridge Act of 1946.

Issuance of these permits allows construction of the new bridge to begin.  Construction of temporary work platforms is expected to commence within a matter of weeks.  Dredging for the project will begin in August 2013.

Sive, Paget & Riesel has served as principal environmental counsel to the Thruway Authority and the State of New York throughout the planning and review of the New NY Bridge project at all levels of government.  The firm’s involvement with the project reflects Sive, Paget & Riesel’s recognized expertise and experience with major transportation and infrastructure projects and with the navigation of the labyrinth of required reviews, permits and approvals.  The firm also currently represents the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on the Bayonne Bridge and Goethals Bridge projects.  For more information on the New NY Bridge project or the environmental review and permitting of other major infrastructure and development projects, contact David Paget or Mark Chertok.

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