Something fishy is going on with The City Island Bridge Project. Tutor Perini Corporation's longtime media spokesman Jorge Casado has suddenly become extremely unresponsive, while his growing TPC crews continue to trim trees in preparation for their ongoing bridge construction work.
This same contractor has also swept clear the south side of the bridge's pedestrian path. When we asked him for an update his response was "My folks took a while to get back to me on this, so sorry for the delay. Unfortunately, under the terms of our contract we cannot discuss the project with the media. Here is the person we’ve been instructed to refer you and other media to for questions regarding the City Island Bridge project"
Huascar Robles, Community Liaison City Island Bridge Over Eastchester Bay has offices near Buddy's Hardware at 261 City Island Avenue. He claims to be working for Strategic Communications, but when we searched for the firm in NYC, we found these two numbers and one did not answer, while the other is connected to a fax.
45 W 21st St
276 5th Ave
When I spoke with Mr. Robles, he was very interested in ending our conversation and said he was not able to answer any questions from a journalist, but since I am a property owner, taxpayer and local City Island resident, he agreed to share this link:
Any City Islanders with questions, should address them to Mr Robles... Good luck with that.
917-626-8391 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Meanwhile, Tutor Perini Corporation today announced two MTA east side access contracts valued at $844 Million. This civil and building construction company has announced two contracts recently approved for award by the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority for portions of the East Side Access project, collectively valued at approximately $844 million.
MTA Contract CM006 – Manhattan North Structures for the East Side Access Project
The Company’s subsidiary, Frontier-Kemper Constructors, was selected by the MTA as the best overall technical proposer and best value for the CM006 contract, valued at approximately $294 million. MTA Capital Construction recommended the award to Frontier-Kemper and the MTA’s Board has approved the recommendation. The Company anticipates receiving the contract award and notice to proceed in the coming weeks. The scope of work consists of fabrication and construction of the permanent structural concrete lining, interior structures, and fit-out for caverns and tunnels previously excavated by other contractors beneath and to the north of the Grand Central Terminal (GCT) in Manhattan. Five Star Electric and Superior Gunite, Tutor Perini’s specialty contracting subsidiaries, will perform certain portions of the work under this contract. Construction is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2014 and be substantially completed in 2017.
MTA Contract CS179 – Systems Facilities Package No. 1 for the East Side Access Project
Tutor Perini was selected by the MTA as the best overall technical proposer and best value for the CS179 contract, valued at approximately $550 million. MTA Capital Construction recommended the award to Tutor Perini and the MTA’s Board has approved the recommendation. The Company anticipates receiving the contract award and notice to proceed in the coming weeks. Work under this contract will be performed in the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) GCT terminus station and the tunnels connecting Harold Interlocking, a switching station in Queens, to the GCT. Tutor Perini will be responsible for coordinating overall systems integration and for interfacing with various systems provided by other contractors. Five Star Electric, the Company’s specialty contracting subsidiary, will perform significant work under this contract. Construction is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2014 and be substantially completed in 2020.
And so it goes... it appears that City Island civic leaders dropped the ball this time as well.