Tappan Zee Bridge Public Comment Period Extended

The Draft Environmental Impact Statement, or DEIS (photo by Kate Hinds)

The public comment period for the Tappan Zee Bridge project has been extended by two weeks.

The U.S. Department of Transportation confirmed Wednesday that the new deadline is March 30. Previously, the deadline for the public to weigh in had been March 15th.

New York State has been moving forward on a $5.2 billion plan to replace the aging bridge, which stretches across the Hudson and connects Rockland and Westchester Counties. In late January it released a massive draft environmental impact statement about the project. Last week, hundreds of people showed up to speak at a pair of hearings about the project -- and several members of the public asked that the comment period be extended.

A spokesman for the federal government said the change has been made to accommodate everyone who wanted to comment on the project. The additional 15 days is not expected to change the overall project delivery schedule.

To learn more about the Tappan Zee Bridge public comment process, visit the project website here.