Tappan Zee Constructors considers its $3.9 billion project to design and build the new Tappan Zee Bridge in New York an extraordinary project. "This one's from scratch," said Walter Reichert, TZC's vice president. "All the way up, it's brand new. You don't get very many opportunities in the New York area to do that." Meanwhile, crews have completed soil testing for the project, and test-pile driving will begin next month. When major construction starts next year, there will be "20 cranes, 60 barges, and two floating concrete batch plants in the river, not to mention the giant Left Coast Lifter, one of the largest floating cranes in the world."