- Associated Press - Monday, March 31, 2014

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - The state Thruway Authority is withholding some payments from the contractor for a new Tappan Zee Bridge because barges keep coming loose at the construction site.

Project director Peter Sanderson said Monday that up to $1 million a month would be withheld until the contractor presents a plan to prevent further escapes.

A barge broke loose from its mooring Sunday afternoon and went two miles down the Hudson River before being secured.

Another barge came loose on Sept. 22 and two broke free on Jan. 3. One of those traveled as far as the Bronx.

The Thruway said no injuries or damage have been reported.

The Thruway said it has also directed the contractor, Tappan Zee Constructors, to install a GPS tracking system on barges, crew boats and other vessels.

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