The New York State Thruway Authority received three proposals from teams that are vying for the opportunity to design and build a replacement for the existing Tappan Zee Bridge.

The proposals were received on Friday and the selection process will begin in four weeks. Brian Conybeare, the new special advisor to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on the $5 billion project, said the proposals comprise over 70 boxes of documents and an estimated 750,000 pages.

The three teams are: the Kiewit-Skanska-Weeks Joint Venture, consisting of Kiewit Infrastructure Co., Skanska USA Civil Northeast Inc. and Weeks Marine Inc.; the Tappan Zee Bridge Partners, a Bechtel/Tutor Perini Joint Venture, which includes Bechtel Infrastructure Corp. and Tutor Perini Corp.; and Tappan Zee Constructors, made up of Fluor Enterprises Inc., American Bridge Co., Granite Construction Northeast Inc. and Traylor Bros. Inc.

The proposals will be reviewed for completeness and compliance before being accepted for selection review, a process that is expected to take four weeks.

Conybeare said additional information regarding the selection process will be available sometime this week and will be as "open and transparent as federal procurement law will allow."

Under the design-build process, the state develops basic requirements for the new bridge, and firms compete for a contract to design and build the bridge, which would replace the existing bridge that crosses the Hudson River north of New York City.

Officials have said this process will eliminate added cost and shift financial risks to the private sector.

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