Everyone responds to Tappan Zee Bridge construction in their own special way. Construction workers cheer and residents of Salisbury Point and the Quay jeer. Most people just shrug. Grandview resident Rick Spreyer writes poetry.
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by Veronica Vanterpool, Executive Director of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign
New York State’s taxpayers will be paying more money in taxes and tolls for a Tappan Zee Bridge that does little to reduce traffic congestion, improve transit or strengthen the Hudson Valley economy in the long-term. The US DOT will loan New York State 25 percent less than what was requested by the Thruway Authority in its loan application. As a result, the remaining $2.4 billion for the bridge project must be paid for with higher interest loans and steeper tolls.
Governor Names Local Officials To Mass Transit Committee
by Vincent Pellecchia
Over a year after New York State announced a new Tappan Zee Bridge project, yesterday the New York State Thruway Authority released basic sketches and cost estimates for the three Tappan Zee Bridge replacement proposals being considered. The three bid proposals were priced at $3.14 billion, $3.99 billion and $4.06 billion, significantly lower than the state’s projections of $5.2 billion. The proposal estimates excluded $600-$800 million in additional costs. The lowest bid, submitted by Tappan Zee Constructors, won the state advisory committee’s recommendation.
Albany, Dec 5 — Sometimes the best value turns out to be the lowest price too. Governor Andrew Cuomo’s hand picked team of art, architecture and engineering experts announced their selection of a new Tappan Zee Bridge design on Thursday, using criteria that would make any Costco shopper proud: low price, least time to build and smallest impact to the environment. Later this month the Thruway Authority will meet to consider the recommendation of the panel. After that, digging will commence — once the governor finds the money to build the bridge.
Nyack Nov 26 — South Nyack’s entrance ramp to the Tappan Zee Bridge on South Broadway will be closed each night this week to permit deck replacement work to continue on the TZB. The Exit 10 Thruway entrance will be closed from 8p-6a Mon-Thu and from 9p-6a on Friday.
by John Lipscomb
Last March NyackNewsAndViews presented a 2006 picture of old steel panels on the western causeway of the Tappan Zee Bridge which had rusted right through. Those rusty panels, used to support electrical conduits, have been removed and eliminated as part of the re-decking work on the bridge.
We, the public, need to be honest with one another about the need for replacement of the existing bridge with two new ones each bigger than the existing one. The Governor’s team has certainly not been honest or transparent about the project and continues to misrepresent the issues and manipulate the taxpaying, commuting, toll paying, voting public.
by Tal Axelrod
Last week, New York State received approval from the Federal Highway Administration to build a new Tappan Zee Bridge when Washington said the TZB’s Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) was good to go. Although officials sought support from the Feds, they never bothered to ask the fish. Here’s what one of their representatives had to say in this “POV under the Zee.”
by Larry M. Elkin
Puppet shows can be great fun, but most of us prefer it when the marionettes are wooden dolls rather than elected officials.
In New York, however, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is a deft puppeteer, while other elected officials seem content to let him pull the strings.
by Dave Zornow
Nyack, August 7 ‘€“ The process to rebuild the Tappan Zee Bridge brought the spirit of summer stock to Nyack on Tuesday night, full of complex characters and memorable performances. If you haven’t seen this show before (presented over the last nine years as public meetings), the new production might bring you to tears or cheers depending on how close your seats are to the construction site.