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Tappan Zee builders to spend $4.2 million to buy neighbors soundproof windows, doors

An artist's rendition of the design for the

An artist's rendition of the design for the new Tappan Zee Bridge that was selected by the state Thruway Authority. (Dec. 5, 2012) Photo Credit:

The consortium building the new Tappan Zee Bridge announced on Thursday $4.2 million in improvements to muffle construction noise for riverside condominium owners in Rockland and Westchester counties.

Tappan Zee Constructors is funding $2 million worth of new sound-reducing windows and doors at the Quay in Tarrytown and around $1 million apiece for the Bradford Mews and Salisbury Point developments in South Nyack, Carla Julian, a spokeswoman for consortium, told News12.

"We want to be a good neighbor, we have a good neighbor policy," said Julian, who explained that the builders have been discussing the issue with condo owners since December. "After months of hearing legitimate concerns from community members and different groups, we want to do the right thing."

Two Tarrytown residents have complained to the state about noise from work on the $3.9 billion bridge, but Julian said monitors didn't register sounds that rose to levels above 90 decibels, which would lead state officials to force workers to quiet down or suspend work on the bridge temporarily.

Nevertheless, Sherwood Chorust, a Quay resident, told News12 that the noise from recent pile-driving tests was annoying him and his neighbors.

"There's a pounding of metal on metal from heavy machinery, which . . . can be quite disturbing," he said.

Chorust's neighbor, Guy Giglio, concurred.

"It's just like that constant banging, but other than that, you just start to deal with it after a while," he told News12.

Tappan Zee Constructors is paying for the soundproofing with a $20 million community improvement fund included in its contract with the New York State Thruway Authority to build the bridge.

"These benefits for the communities are not required by law, but our team feels they are the right thing to do," Julian said in a statement emailed to Newsday.

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