Project Director Jamey Barbas gives us a tour of the newly paved Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, the replacement for the Tappan Zee Bridge.
It doesn’t get old for Jamey Barbas.
The project director for the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement project, she’s worked on reconstructing the Williamsburg Bridge, refurbishing the Bear Mountain Bridge and also has renovated and built bridges as far away as Portugal and the United Arab Emirates.
And now, in a field known for its dearth of women, Barbas is about to put another major project milestone on her resume with the new, $3.9 billion Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge about to hit the home stretch.
“Is there any wood to knock on?” Barbas said with a laugh when asked if everything has gone smoothly so far. “There’s lots of little things (to still work out). Everything needs to be orchestrated to work perfectly.
“We’re hoping for some good weather … not too many rainy days, and we can finish,” she added.
Barbas — who works for the Thruway Authority and with the Tappan Zee Constructors, the contractors tasked with designing and building the new bridge, to ensure the project is running smoothly — took a contingent of reporters and photographers from the Journal News/lohud.com out onto the bridge’s Rockland-bound span recently to explain the finer points of the project ahead of the opening.