It’s hard to drive past, or over, the Tappan Zee Bridge on a regular basis and not marvel at the rapid growth of the New NY Bridge. Each season seemingly brings a new stage in the bridge’s embryonic development–from steel girders to concrete towers, from piles to road deck, from shoreline to shoreline. Now, it’s beginning to kick.
Category: Tappan Zee Bridge
by Owen Voutsinas-Klose
In 2018, you won’t have to wonder when the next Tappan Zee Express will arrive, because the answer will be…never. The TZx bus service, which shuttles passengers between Rockland and Westchester and takes West of the Hudson commuters to Metro North stations in Tarrytown and White Plains, will be replaced by the new Lower Hudson Transit Link service when the second coming of the Tappan Zee Bridge opens in two years. The LHTL will include real time bus arrival times posted at each bus stop, similar to what you might see on a platform at NYC subways.
Critcs say “nice try” but what has been proposed falls short of Rockland and Westchester’s future mass transit needs.
The New York State Thruway Authority announced that Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC) has completed installation of the first stay cables on the New NY Bridge project. The stay cables, along with the 419-foot towers, will be the most prominent features of the new 3.1-mile structure. The first two stay cables were installed by TZC on the new northbound bridge’s main span on Thursday, July 21, 2016.
Six of the seven lanes on the Tappan Zee Bridge were reopened at about 8p last night following the mid-day construction crane collapse which halted all traffic on the Tappan Zee Bridge. The southernmost lane on the bridge, which runs from Rockland to Westchester, will remain closed for the immediate future due to structural damage.
“It was a new crane performing a routine task. Sometimes equipment breaks and accidents just happen,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo. “We’ll know more after [an] inspection.”
The Traffic Cams Are Back!
During yesterday’s bridge closing, the NYS Thruway turned off the three camera aimed at the Tappan Zee Bridge, leaving only the Eastern (Westchester) and Western (Rockland) approach cameras active. They are back online today. To see what bridge traffic looks like RIGHT NOW, visit NyackNewsAndViews.com/tzbwebcams.
“We are very fortunate that the situation wasn’t worse,” said NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo about the crane collapse blocking traffic on the Tappan Zee Bridge. Around noon today a crane used for construction of the New NY Bridge collapsed, falling across the middle of the old Tappan Zee Bridge span. Two people thus far have been reported injured. According to LoHud, police reported that “people jumped from the span as a construction crane for the new bridge crashed onto the old span.” No details have been released about what caused the crane collapse.
NYS Thruway update regarding re-routed traffic at 5:30p
The northbound lanes on the Tappan Zee Bridge have been reopened to traffic following a crane accident at 12n today.
However, southbound traffic is still being diverted at exits 15 (New Jersey – I-287 – NJ Route 17 South) and 12 (West Nyack – NY Route 303 – Palisades Center Drive).
One southbound lane will reopen at 7 p.m. tonight, and a second southbound lane will reopen at 8 p.m. tonight.
In accordance with the Eminent Domain Procedure Law (EDPL), the following is a synopsis of the determination and findings that have been made regarding the proposed project to provide Shared-use Path Facilities and Pedestrian/Bicycle Connections in the Villages of South Nyack and Tarrytown.
It’s New NY Bridge time, again. The people behind the biggest US public infrastructure project under construction will hold their annual Tappan Zee Bridge public meeting this week at 6:30p on Wed June 15 at Nyack High School.
by Owen Voutsinas-Klose
Residents and politicians at Wednesday’s second and final meeting dedicated to public discussion about the Thruway Authority’s Shared Use Path (SUP) plan for the new-NY bridge voiced resounding support for Concept F. Rockland County Legislator Harriet Cornell, for instance, called it the “compromise” solution; it would modify the original plan (Concept E), which had, much to the chagrin of locals, placed parking for the SUP in residential neighborhoods, and potential create more local traffic. Concept F relocates parking to Exit 10 (DOT-owned land), away from residential South Nyack. The plan also moves more traffic onto 9W, pacifying concerns about too much vehicle traffic. The public comment period will last until April 1st (no fooling!), at which point the Thruway Authority will begin the construction process for the SUP.
Last week there was Tappan Zee Bridge action inside and outside. Noise barrier construction continued along the northbound New York State Thruway (I-87/I-287) on the west bank of the Hudson River. And in South Nyack Village hall, the Village Board chose their fave configuration for the future SUP (shared use path) parking.
by Vincent Pellecchia, Tri-State Transportation Campaign
The Tappan Zee Bridge turned 60 years old this month. The bridge, purported by the New York State Thruway Authority to have been built to last only 50 years, has now officially chugged along for an additional decade.