“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.
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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
Here are the Top Stories In Town for April 1, 2015.
- Sony Pictures Buys Nyack, NY
- South Nyack, Thruway Reach Agreement on Salisbury, Tappan Zee Bridge Shared Use Path
- Introducing Thirst Friday
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…
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.
“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.
by Arthur H. Gunther III
The Hudson River, not a western route to Asia through the Northwest Passage as Hendrick Hudson hoped it would be in 1609, but to the great port of Albany and so through canals, lakes and on land to the American frontier and all the greatness and achievement of that, remains as beautiful as the explorer found it.
Earlier this month I was privileged to take a boat ride on the Hudson from Haverstraw south to the Tappan Zee Bridge at South Nyack and back. I was the principal speaker on the history of the bridge, which was constructed in 1955 and which will give way to two new crossings in a few years. My talk covered how that bridge was built and how it brought “progress” — not always a cherished effort.
By popular demand, the big wheel of river rose will keep on turning. The Historical Society of Rockland County has added a second voyage of “The Tappan Zee Bridge Experience: Past, Present and Future” on Thursday, September 4, 2014. The first trip, scheduled for August 12, sold out in hours. Book your tickets aboard the floating history and policy seminar before they sell out…again.
by Dave Zornow
A Tappan Zee Bridge construction milestone was completed earlier this month. However, it’s not something that the thousands of motorists that cross the existing bridge each day will ever see. It’s located almost the length of a football field below the Hudson River.
The pilings for the piers that will support the two main towers of the new bridge are now in place. When the project is completed in 2018, more than 1,000 piles will be sunk in the riverbed to support the 43 piers on which the roadway will be built.
Here are the Top Stories In Town for April 1, 2014.
- Amazon to Introduce Drones To Nyack
- New South Nyack Map Available
- Cyclist Situation Solved
- PIP: Turn This Paved Parking Lot Into A Museum
- Nyack Late Night Business Association Gets Competition