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Board Approves New Tappan Zee Bridge

Monday, August 20, 2012

A transportation board has approved a plan to build a new Tappan Zee Bridge.

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Council approved the project on Monday.

The county executives of Westchester, Rockland and Putnam said previously they would vote in favor of the project.

Their vote was crucial for the project to qualify for federal funds.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo had been gathering the support of other officials. He will speak on the project later Monday in Piermont in Rockland County.

Under the current plan, the bridge will have a dedicated bus lane during rush hours.

Cuomo has agreed to the formation of a task force that will make mass transit recommendations.

The environmental group Riverkeeper on Friday criticized officials for giving only three days' notice for the vote.

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It's interesting that when they replaced the Woodrow Wilson Bridge into WDC they were unable to get funding for public transport, even though the bridge was more than 300% overallocated. The Tap is only 135% overallocated. It's interesting that in 1997 they guessed it would cost 1.5 billion to replace the bridge, then sometime last year they said it would cost 8 billion, now it's 5 billion (in truth my estimates were between 8 and 16 billion-I used the Oresund Bridge and a bridge in japan to analogously estimate based on length and riverbed type). It's interesting that transportation studies in England and the USA show that expanding capacity doesn't help alleviate traffic in the long term. Additional lanes are filled within three years of completion, and if a lane is taken out of service, traffic finds an alternative route within one month. It's interesting that they say the bridge is not earthquake resistant, but are any of the bridges in the NY metro area earthquake resistant now (no)? And since Indian Point Nuclear Power plant is on the same Ramapo Fault line - is that earthquake resistant (no)? I spent five years fighting these guys and realized that there are some political favors that are going to get paid back no matter who is governor. Everyone in Nyack and Tarrytown should hire attorneys to ensure they are "made whole" - there's a lot to the compensation aspect that few people or attorneys are aware of.

Aug. 21 2012 12:45 PM

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