Pittsfield company getting contract for Tappan Zee Bridge

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks before introducing President Barack Obama near the base of the Tappan Zee Bridge, Wednesday, May 14, 2014, in Tarrytown, N.Y. Obama is calling on Congress to pass a $302 billion transportation infrastructure bill that White House officials say would support millions of jobs while repairing the nation's crumbling roads and bridges. White House officials are touting the $3.9 billion Tappan Zee Bridge Replacement Project as a model for an expedited permitting and review process.(AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A plan to replace the Tappan Zee Bridge in New York is turning into a boon for a Pittsfield company that plans on creating 100 jobs.

Unistress Corp. said Wednesday it has been awarded a $70 million contract to provide precast concrete deck panels for the new bridge in New York.

Unistress President Perri Petricca tells The Berkshire Eagle the company plans to invest more than $6 million to expand its facilities and hire more than 100 new workers, some as soon as the end of this month. The unemployment rate in Berkshire County is slightly higher that the state average.

The new $3.9 billion Tappan Zee Bridge will replace the current structure across the Hudson River, completed in 1955.

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