Westchester's Rob Astorino Talks Tappan Zee On '20/20'

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County Executive Rob Astorino stands beneath Westchester-Rockland connector, the Tappan Zee Bridge, with ABC correspondent Deborah Roberts on "20/20."
County Executive Rob Astorino stands beneath Westchester-Rockland connector, the Tappan Zee Bridge, with ABC correspondent Deborah Roberts on "20/20." Photo Credit: Courtesy of @RobAstorino (Twitter)

WESTCHESTER, N.Y. -- Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino appeared Friday night on ABC's latest episode of "20/20" to discuss the current condition of the Tappan Zee Bridge.

Astorino stood under the bridge with "20/20" correspondent Deborah Roberts during a segment about the dangers of hundreds of bridges throughout the United States, pointing out signs of visible wear and tear that make many people nervous to drive over the Tappan Zee.

Despite some visible deterioration under the bridge, Astorino said engineers have continued to deem the bridge safe.

One bridge expert told "20/20" that as an engineer he refuses to drive over the Tappan Zee, considering it structurally unsound and one of the most frightening bridges in New York. The bridge has been used seven years longer than intended, he said.

Construction of a new Tappan Zee Bridge, costing about $3.9 billion, remains in the planning stages.  The new bridge is expected to be completed by 2018. 

For more information, visit The Daily Voice's coverage of the Tappan Zee Bridge project.

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Unions. That's why this will take longer and will be more expensive. That's how it is here in the US.

ACTUAL FACTS:
1. DRAWING FOR THE HUDSON RIVER CROSSING OCTOBER 2003.
TIME TO DESIGN AND DRAW - 6 HOURS.
2. ORDER PLACED IN SHANGHAI 2005.
3. SEPTEMBER 2006 LAUNCH OF THE FIRST OF 2 MACHINES; LAUNCH
OF 2ND MACHINE DECEMBER 2006.
4. COMPLETION OF 1ST TUNNEL MAY 2008 - 17 MONTHS.
5. COMPLETION OF 2ND TUNNEL SEPTEMBER 2008 - 18 MONTHS.
6. COST OF COMPLETED JOB IS REPORTED BY RELIABLE SOURCES
TO HAVE BEEN $800 MILLION. THERE IS ALWAYS DEBATE ABOUT YUAN TO DOLLAR CONVERSION.
7. EMPLOYMENT APPROXIMATELY 1500 PEOPLE 24/7. NOTE THAT TZB
WAS BUILT BY 1000 PEOPLE, WORKING NORMAL SHIFTS, OVER 4
YEARS.
8. ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE AND INTERRUPTION TO RIVER TRAFFIC
WAS NOT EXPERIENCED. OPERATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECT WILL BE NON-EXISTANT FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS.
FOR FURTHER INFO, CHECK THIS LINK: http://www.herrenknecht.com/projects/projektsuche-detailansicht.html?tx_dbnhkprojects_pi1%5BresType%5D=detail&tx_dbnhkprojects_pi1%5Buid%5D=561
THE MACHINES ARE NOW BEING REUSED FOR MULTIPLE NEW PROJECTS WITH EQUAL ECONOMIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS.

Oh and the Yangtze took 4 years...

Yangtze actual cost more like 1.8 billion.

AND RAIL WAS PROVIDED ON THE LOWER DECK.

WAITING SIX OR MORE YEARS FOR A TZB REPLACEMENT IS EXTREMELY STUPID WHEN OUR TUNNEL DRAWINGS WERE USED TO CROSS THE YANGTZE IN 22 MONTHS. AND THE COST WAS ONLY 800 MILLION DOLLARS