“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.
by Vincent Pellecchia, Tri-State Transportation Campaign
With the new Tappan Zee Bridge construction in full swing, a recently released plan for upgraded bus service in the corridor and a projected completion/implementation date coming in 2018, the question on everyone’s mind is how much the tolls will be on the new bridge. New York State Senator David Carlucci of Rockland County has doubled down on a tax credit proposal he presented last year.
TZB tolls for locals are already low when compared to other tolls across the country. And Tappan Zee Bridge EZPass car commuters pay substantially less than what western Rockland County train riders pay.
Sept 24 At The Nyack Library: Politics Across the Hudson
Author and former manager of planning at the MTA Philip Mark Plotch will talk about his new book, Politics Across the Hudson: The Tappan Zee Megaproject at the Nyack Library on September 24 at 7p, telling the behind-the-scenes story about the planning and politics of the new TZB.
by Tim Blomquist
We’ve all been there. What should be a five minute ride across the Tappan Zee Bridge turns into 10, 15 or 20 minutes, making you miss the next train to Grand Central or have the trip back to Rockland take longer than you’d like. When the new Tappan Zee Bridge opens in 2018, traffic won’t magically disappear — but transportation officials say that a new Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) will help avoid many of the delays we have today.
by Tim Blomquist
Two hours north of the Tappan Zee Bridge, crews are putting together the huge steel beams that will help form the New NY Bridge. Over the next two years, plants in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Virginia will ship over 100,000 tons of steel to the Tappan Zee Constructors site at the Port of Coeymans Marine Terminal 115 miles north of Nyack. The finished product will be shipped down the river to the New NY Bridge construction site. The first girder arrived on June 11.
by Dave Zornow
Nyack, June 3 — Governor Andrew Cuomo came to Nyack to talk about two of his proudest accomplishments: the two percent property tax cap and the new Tappan Zee Bridge. The purpose of the visit was to encourage the NYS Legislature to make the tax cap permanent before it expires in June 2016.
Although most of the meeting was about keeping the tax cap, Cuomo also spent a lot of time talking about the bridge. He’s really really, really proud of this accomplishment and not the least bit shy talking about it. “I love to talk about the Tappan Zee Bridge,” said Cuomo. “Because it’s not a government lesson, it’s a life lesson,”
There will be more overnight closings this week near the old Tappan Zee Bridge to permit installation of a new all electronic toll collection.
On Thursday at 6:30p, Nyack High School will host the annual Rockland County meeting about construction of the New NY Bridge (which you will probably just call the new Tappan Zee Bridge).
Look for lane closures on I-287 near the two Nyack exits this week to allow Tappan Zee Contructors to install an all electronic toll system. The required construction gives new meaning to the cliché, “triple threat,” especially if you are traveling southbound during one of the periods when all three lanes will be closed. May 4 marks the beginning of several weeks of Monday-Friday night time lane closures.
Real time traffic information — including helpful live webcams — can be found online at Thruway.NY.gov. While you are *patiently* waiting, you might want to check out the webcam that watches the Peregrine Falcon chicks that live on top of the Tappan Zee Bridge. They’re kinda cute.
by Dave Zornow
Nyack, April 24 — It’s what cynics would expect from a government contractor: they arrive on the job in October and sit around doin’ nothing until April. But don’t pick a fight with this construction worker: on it’s first day of work, it picked up 600 tons of concrete and moved it without one peep of complaint.
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
by Dave Zornow
It’s been a big week for the big bridge project over the Hudson. There’s been praise for the Tappan Zee Bridge funding proposal announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo which will limit future toll increases; an explanation of the new bridge design in a national magazine; and continued sparring between the state and South Nyack officials about where the entrance will be for the New NY Bridge walkway over the Lower Hudson.