• Tappan Zee Bridge Still Up in the Air

  • JULY 27, 2012 | ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, NYS GOV'T, TRANSPORTATION

  • WCA Attends Hearings at Which Three Options for Bridge Discussed

  • More than 20 members of the Westchester County Association gathered for the first in a series of public hearings on the future Tappan Zee Bridge on Wednesday, July 25 at Berkeley College in White Plains. Promising "transparency" throughout the build and "action" by year-end......


    Larry Schwartz, secretary to Governor Cuomo, catches up with Dorothy Forcina, managing director, the Westchester County Association at the July 25 public meeting at Berkeley College in White Plains.

     Cuomo’s top gun on the project, Larry Schwartz, reaffirmed the governor's commitment to a reconstructed bridge that would be built to last "at least a century." The three options for what to do with the Tappan Zee Bridge are: update the current bridge, build a new county transit system, or build a new, transit-ready bridge. 

    Mass-transit experts, engineers and a representative from the New York State Thruway authority also addressed the crowd of more than 80 Westchester businesspeople. Schwartz indicated that the forum was the first in nearly 100 public meetings planned over the next two months to discuss the controversial bridge project.

    In an effort to curtail costs, Schwartz says contractors will be paid for work completed, rather than the number of days spent on the job. The state also has plans to reduce environmental impact, noise, and traffic concerns, he says. The estimated time for construction of a new bridge would be four to five years.

    Schwartz also announced the state has set up a toll-free hotline (1-855-TZBRIDGE) for those who have questions about the project, and set up a website --NewNYBridge.com -- for those seeking information on the project.

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