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Whistleblower: New Tappan Zee Bridge Plagued By Defective Bolts

December 14, 2018 - 1:56 pm

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. (WCBS 880) – A former safety inspector at the new Tappan Zee Bridge claims workers knew that new bolts holding the bridge together were defective but they kept hush about it for fear it might halt the entire project, according to a published report.

New York’s attorney general is now investigating the claims that dozens of steel bolts were brittle and broke apart during construction of the bridge, which is officially known as the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge.

The whistleblower filed a lawsuit, according to NBC4 which obtained transcripts of recordings exposing the problem and alleged cover-up. 

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The Thruway Authority in a statement to NBC4 said they hired multiple independent experts well over a year ago to conduct a thorough review. 

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The Thruway Authority tells WCBS 880 independent experts checked the safety of the bolts and bridges and found no issues. Additional testing is ongoing.

The builder, Tappan Zee Constructors, says it is cooperating but that tests have found no problems with the bolts to date.