A western Massachusetts company has landed a major contract to work on replacing New York’s Tappan Zee Bridge which crosses the Hudson River.
The new three-mile long bridge will be much wider to accommodate bike and pedestrian paths as well as future commuter or light rail. Pittsfield-based Unistress Corporation has been hired to provide 6,000 pre-cast concrete deck panels for the project. Unistress President Perri Petricca says the $70 million contract is the largest in the company’s 46 year history and will help expand its facilities.
“It’s about $6 million in capital expense, it’s a hundred new jobs here. So it really has been a great catalyst for us with the expansion of our business and a great opportunity for the community,” he says.
Petricca says the 350-employee company will start to hire new workers later this month. The new Tappan Zee bridge will be built next to the current one and is expected to be finished by 2018. Petricca says this is not the first New York job Unistress has landed. The largest contract until now was a $55 million project working on the new Yankee Stadium.