“The Tappan Zee Bridge in particular offers some very basic lessons,” says Political Science Professor Philip Mark Plotch. “States need to cooperate on transportation problems that cross borders, maintain their existing infrastructure, and make strategic investments in a timely manner.” Plotch, author of the new book, Politics Across the Hudson: The Tappan Zee Megaproject, will be the featured speaker at 7p tonight, Sept 24, at the Nyack Library.
Category: Tappan Zee Bridge
It’s big…lots of old timers say it’s bad…and those huge steel girders that will support the roadway are definitely…blue. The project is called the New NY Bridge but no one — including the President of the United States — thinks that name will stick. The replacement Tappan Zee is the largest current infrastructure project in the country, and according to bridge officials, we are now at the halfway mark of construction. Learn more facts on Thurs Sept 24 at Politics Across the Hudson, a presentation at the Nyack Library.
Here are a few other things happening this week at the Nyack Library.
- FREE Assistance with NYS Health Insurance Programs, Mon at 5p
- Poets Circle, Mon at 7p
- Fiction Writers Workshop, Tue at 11a
- Nyack Toastmasters, Tue at 6:45p
- Computer Basics Applications Specifics, Wed at 10a
- Creative Writing Saturdays – Independent, Sat at 1p
by Vincent Pellecchia, Tri-State Transportation Campaign
With the new Tappan Zee Bridge construction in full swing, a recently released plan for upgraded bus service in the corridor and a projected completion/implementation date coming in 2018, the question on everyone’s mind is how much the tolls will be on the new bridge. New York State Senator David Carlucci of Rockland County has doubled down on a tax credit proposal he presented last year.
TZB tolls for locals are already low when compared to other tolls across the country. And Tappan Zee Bridge EZPass car commuters pay substantially less than what western Rockland County train riders pay.
Sept 24 At The Nyack Library: Politics Across the Hudson
Author and former manager of planning at the MTA Philip Mark Plotch will talk about his new book, Politics Across the Hudson: The Tappan Zee Megaproject at the Nyack Library on September 24 at 7p, telling the behind-the-scenes story about the planning and politics of the new TZB.
Nyack Sept 7 — The new Tappan Zee Bridge is now 50 percent complete. Thruway officials conducted a tour of Nyack’s own version of “Modern Marvels on The Hudson” last week providing an update on how construction is progressing on the nation’s largest ongoing infrastructure project.
Crews have now begun work on the eight towers that will rise 419 feet above the twin spans of the new TZB. The towers will rest on two football field length pile caps, which are supported by steel foundation piles.
Stories You May Have Missed By Students You Might Just Know
Nyack Sept 2 — Every summer Nyack News and Views recuits a new crop of summer interns to write news and feature stories about our community. This year’s subjects included: a retired Soap Star’s second career in Nyack, the new Tappan Zee Bridge, the old Riverspace Arts theatre, an abandoned Cold War era Nike Missile site and a local restaurant on national TV.
Here’s a summary of their work over the last few months in case you missed it:
by Owen Voutsinas-Klose
As far back as 1807, a ferry carried passengers across the Hudson River between Nyack and Tarrytown. The last water taxi stopped operation in the late 1990’s, but, inexplicably, Google Maps is keeping the dream alive with an intriguing dotted line in the Hudson near Nyack labeled “The NY Ferry.” Why does Google Maps show a ferry line for a ferry that isn’t there?
by Tim Blomquist
We’ve all been there. What should be a five minute ride across the Tappan Zee Bridge turns into 10, 15 or 20 minutes, making you miss the next train to Grand Central or have the trip back to Rockland take longer than you’d like. When the new Tappan Zee Bridge opens in 2018, traffic won’t magically disappear — but transportation officials say that a new Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) will help avoid many of the delays we have today.
by Tim Blomquist
Two hours north of the Tappan Zee Bridge, crews are putting together the huge steel beams that will help form the New NY Bridge. Over the next two years, plants in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Virginia will ship over 100,000 tons of steel to the Tappan Zee Constructors site at the Port of Coeymans Marine Terminal 115 miles north of Nyack. The finished product will be shipped down the river to the New NY Bridge construction site. The first girder arrived on June 11.
by Dave Zornow
When NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo came to Nyack on June 3 to talk about renewing New York’s two percent tax cap, the media generated more than 50 stories about his visit. Most of them, however, missed the really interesting stuff about his appearance at The Nyack Center. We’ll try to make up for that here.
by Dave Zornow
Nyack, June 3 — Governor Andrew Cuomo came to Nyack to talk about two of his proudest accomplishments: the two percent property tax cap and the new Tappan Zee Bridge. The purpose of the visit was to encourage the NYS Legislature to make the tax cap permanent before it expires in June 2016.
Although most of the meeting was about keeping the tax cap, Cuomo also spent a lot of time talking about the bridge. He’s really really, really proud of this accomplishment and not the least bit shy talking about it. “I love to talk about the Tappan Zee Bridge,” said Cuomo. “Because it’s not a government lesson, it’s a life lesson,”