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.
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.
In Germany, it’s used as a sandwich spread and a sweetener for sauces. You can also find sugar beet juice on the New York State Thruway, but isn’t available in the rest area restaurants. With more snow forecast for Saturday, Thruway road crews will be applying an anti-icing mix of sugar beet juice and brine to pre-treat roadways before the snow begins to fall.
by Dave Zornow
Nyack, Dec 24 2012 — This recent photo of the Tappan Zee Bridge is both silent and still, a perfect metaphor for the night before Christmas. It was taken by local photographer Alison Perry during that brief period between the tides on the Hudson when the water is still and the reflection of the lights on the river is perfect. It’s a fitting image for a special night. It’s also a scene which we are unlikely to see again on Christmas Eve.
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.
December’s TZB construction forecast promises to be just like November: continuing deck replacement work will close the S. Broadway Exit 10 five nights this week from 8p-6a. If you want to get on the Thruway going East, follow the detour signs back to Rt 59 in Central Nyack by the Mountainview Ave on ramp.
Here are the day by day details from the NYS Thruway Authority:
by Alison Perry
Nyack, Nov 30 — Last Sunday afternoon the light started to change from dreary and overcast to patches of intense luminosity bursting though the cloud cover, more so as the day wore on. As I approached the hill top ridge in my car I remembered the Tappan Zee Bridge turns golden this time of day so I decided to look for some memorable images there and in light of current events surrounding it’s age and impending replacement. I briefly considered the bridge in its past, present and future tense’€ relative to the economic and cultural impact it has had on so many lives. It’s amazing to consider what a span of steel can do.
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.