Rockland County Legislature Chairwoman Harriet Cornell isn’t happy with the Tappan Zee Bridge Mass Transit Task Force final report draft outline. “If the intent is to consign West of Hudson improvements to 20 or 30 years from now, the draft outline is an insult to Rockland,” she says.
by Vincent Pellecchia, Tri-State Transportation Campaign
It’s been over a year since the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) issued its Record of Decision approving the new Tappan Zee Bridge environmental review process. It’s also been over a year since the New York State Thruway Authority formally initiated the process for obtaining a federal Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan to help pay for the project. With interest rates on the rise, does waiting on key transit capital improvements make fiscal sense?
Tappan Zee Bridge construction sends ripples across the Hudson — and across the United States, too. Here are three recent stories that have appeared in publications across the country about TZB II. Stand by to read what the world beyond the Hudson has to say about about TZB lifting, dredging and rebar. As well as one unprovoked Snark Attack.
South Nyack, Sept 9 — Cars and cyclists should use extra caution while riding on River Road in South Nyack from now through November. That’s because crews working on the new Tappan Zee Bridge are beginning utility work that will reduce sections of Piermont Ave/River Road to one lane during daytime hours. After hours there’s still reason to take it slow: temporary steel coverings on the roadway will create uneven driving surfaces that might mean flats for cars and more serious bumps for bicyclists.
Oysters living near the Tappan Zee Bridge will soon be on the move. With funding from New York State, 200,000 Eastern oysters are being relocated approximately three quarters of a mile south of their current location.
Although the average oyster can filter a little bit more than one gallon of water an hour, they can’t keep up with the extra burden on the river imposed by the federal sequester. Congresswoman Nita Lowey says $166 million in proposed cuts to federal funding for clean water infrastructure improvements could have an adverse effects on the health of local residents.
by Scott Baird, Nyack Chamber of Commerce President
In December of 2012 I got an offer I couldn’t refuse from the governor. I was asked to represent the Nyack Chamber of Commerce on a task force formed by NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo to study mass transit options on the new Tappan Zee Bridge. How could I say no? As a construction and real estate professional, this was the opportunity of a lifetime. A chance to see how historic infrastructure decisions are formulated and brought to life. A chance to see ‘how the sausage is made’ in local and state government.
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.