Wednesday, December 5, 2012
SUFFERN, N.Y. (AP) — The company replacing the road deck on the Tappan Zee Bridge has been fined $235,000 by the New York State Thruway Authority for causing a 15-mile backup during the morning rush Tuesday.
Tutor Perini Corp was required to open all seven lanes by 6 a.m. but didn't do so until 7:30 a.m.
That caused a backup that stretched past Suffern. Delays lasted through the morning rush.
Thruway officials said under the contract, two Westchester-bound lanes must be open by 5 a.m. and four lanes by 6 a.m. On the Rockland-bound side, two lanes must be open by 6 a.m. and all three by 7 a.m.
A spokesman for Tutor Perini blamed "changed conditions in the field" for the problem and plans to appeal.