Lawmakers call for US steel in bridge

Jun 21, 2013 | 06:15 PM | Corinna Petry

Tags  Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, MTA, Diane Savino, Nicole Malliotakis, Thomas Prendergast, United Steelworkers union, USW steel

CHICAGO — New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is coming under fire for its plan to use Chinese steel decking to refurbish the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, which spans the Hudson River to connect Brooklyn and Staten Island.

In a letter to MTA chairman and chief executive officer Thomas F. Prendergast, a state senator and an assemblywoman expressed "grave concern regarding your decision to use 15,000 tons of steel sourced from China to rebuild the bridge."

"It is shocking that the MTA would ... unnecessarily spend taxpayers’ dollars on foreign labor and materials," Sen. Diane J. Savino (D.) and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R.) wrote, adding, "We strongly urge you to immediately reconsider this decision."

The MTA awarded a $235.7-million, five-year project to Sylmar, Calif.-based contractor Tutor Perini Corp. last fall.....

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