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.
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by Max Cea and Dave Zornow
Here’s the case against ferries: They’re expensive. They pollute. If one were to be successful, it would bring traffic to Nyack’s downtown. And they’re not hoverboards; it’s hard to get excited about a method of transportation that was being used here in the 19th century.
Despite ferries’ imperfections, for Nyack, a village that seems so close to Manhattan and yet so far, ferries might be the future. At least, Nyack’s Mayor, Jen Laird-White, thinks so.
by Max Cea and Dave Zornow
Before the New NY Bridge and the Tappan Zee Bridge, before even the George Washington Bridge and the Bear Mountain Bridge, Nyack residents traveled across the Hudson River to Tarrytown and New York City via ferry.
Regular ferry service to Nyack began more than 180 years ago. The first chartered service was established in 1839 with a 16-ton sailboat that ran from 5a-9p each day, April through December. Ferry service continued for over a century, until early 1941, when the Ferries Operating Company, Inc. discontinued its Nyack-Tarrytown ferry run. (Early 20th century Nyack was a Millenial’s dream town; there was also regular train service West of the Hudson to Jersey City until the 1960s.)
by Bill Batson
Shared events define a community. The event has to be so overwhelming in its substance and scope that it becomes a link between strangers. In the years following a shared event, like an assassination, everyone remembers where they were when it happened.
For the Rockland County community, the Brink’s Robbery rises to that historic standard. This Thursday is the 35th anniversary of the tragic event.
by Khurram Saeed, Communications Director, New NY Bridge
There is no credible scientific evidence that New NY Bridge project activities have negatively impacted Atlantic or shortnose sturgeon populations. In fact, the Atlantic and shortnose sturgeon populations in the Hudson River are healthy, stable and growing – notwithstanding claims made by one of Riverkeeper’s staffers.
Trouble on the TZB? Who you gonna call? Nyack Community Ambulance Corps, which has been answering the call, day and night since pre-bridge 1939.
The New NY Bridge Project Community Benefits Program has just awarded the 24/7 volunteer-run agency a grant of $140,000 toward replacement of the oldest of its three ambulances.
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.