NYS Thruway officials are looking for input from residents, business owners and visitors across the tri-state area to determine the best parking configuration for the pedestrian and cycling Shared Use Path on the new Tappan Zee Bridge. In that the new bridge has been designed to last 100 years, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to influence what is likely to be in place for generations to come. The deadline for comments is Feb 13, 2015.
Category: Tappan Zee Bridge
by Dave Zornow
It’s been a big week for the big bridge project over the Hudson. There’s been praise for the Tappan Zee Bridge funding proposal announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo which will limit future toll increases; an explanation of the new bridge design in a national magazine; and continued sparring between the state and South Nyack officials about where the entrance will be for the New NY Bridge walkway over the Lower Hudson.
by Citizens Union, Reinvent Albany, NYPIRG, NJFOG and TSTC
We appreciate Governors Cuomo and Christie signing a bill improving the Port Authority’s Freedom of Information process. However, the governors missed a big opportunity to put the Port Authority on the right track by vetoing the bill reforming governance.
Did you know … 59 years ago today, Governor Averell Harriman and Actress Helen Hayes joined the mayors of Nyack, South Nyack, Suffern and Tarrytown and a motorcade of 400 cars to dedicate the new Tappan Zee Bridge. “Nyack and the surrounding area assumes its position on the ‘Main Street of the Empire State’ today and the new Thruway bridge brings it within easy commuting range of metropolitan New York,” said NYS Thruway Chairman Bertam D. Tallamy. He was evasive about the name — because it wasn’t officially named the Tappan Zee Bridge until two months after the dedication.
It only cost 50 cents to drive across the Hudson between Nyack and Tarrytown in 1955. Today, it’s ten times that amount. Tomorrow’s fare? Stay tuned…
The Rockland County Dept of Transportation has optimized five Tappan Zee Express bus routes to adjust for morning rush hour traffic to better sync up with Metro North departure times in Tarrytown. tzxBUS.com, a NyackNewsAndViews website which provides customized bus and train times for the TZX, has been updated to reflect these changes using the new schedules provided by the Rockland County Dept of Transportation.
Five Mon-Fri Morning Rush routes have been changed; two afternoon routes have also been optimized.
by Dave Zornow
Last week South Nyack’s multi-decade strained relationship with New York State got — weirder.
Two days before Thanksgiving, South Nyack Mayor Bonnie Christian called a press conference to criticize the state’s choice of Cornelison and Broadway as the entrance to a future shared use path (SUP) for pedestrians and cyclists on the new Tappan Zee bridge. Last week Christian admitted that the choice of Cornelison as the SUP start was actually the village’s idea. “The [trustees] thought the idea — keeping cars off village streets while maintaining the character and integrity of the historic village — was plausible,” Christian told Janie Rosman in a Dec 4 article in the Rockland County Times.
by Dave Zornow
Nyack, Nov 30 — On the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, the mayor of South Nyack held a press conference to protest the location for the Shared Use Path (SUP) that pedestrians and cyclists will use to cross the new Tappan Zee Bridge. The mayor says it’s an outrage that the state is forcing this decision on the village without any public input. New York State counters that the controversial location for the SUP terminus was actually South Nyack’s idea.
Will the “I Lift NY Limbo” Be The Next Dance Craze?
The I Lift NY Barge is SOO BIG that it barely fits under the current Tappan Zee Bridge. It’s a fact which the engineers at the Tappan Zee Contructors were quite aware — so before trying to move it from the south side to the north side of the TZB, they waited to get a little help from above — during a full moon.
Photo Credit: ©2014 Ray Wright
Nyack, Oct 6 — This machine of steel can’t leap tall buildings in a single bound — but it could probably lift a few small buildings off their foundations.
The super crane redubbed “I Lift NY” arrived at the Tappan Zee Bridge construction site on the Hudson River on Monday. Here’s a photo gallery of its arrival from local photographers Ray Wright and Arnold Roufa.
“As the new bridge connecting Westchester to Rockland County emerges from under the Hudson, we know that the current skyline will soon become a memory,” writes Ruthmarie Hicks in her blog, FotosOnTheFly.biz. And for those of you who already think they spend waaaay too much time on the bridge, Hicks has collapsed two hours of action around the bridge into a sparse 14 secs with time-lapse photography.
“The transition from day into night is one of the most compelling ways to use time-lapse photography. As the sun goes down and we respond by cranking up our electrical grid, the transformation is quite dramatic,” she writes.