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It’s Open! Well, Half of It Anyway

By Barrett Seaman Some 37 hours after the blue ribbon was cut, after the band stopped playing and the speechifying was over, after Governor Cuomo and Chick Galella took their ceremonial drive in a spiffy ’55 Corvette and the 800 invited dignitaries climbed back onto the fleet of buses and went ashore, the first few cars finally rolled out under ... Read More »

Westbound Lanes on New Bridge to Open in August

New Bridge

by Rick Pezzullo  Rockland-bound motorists will soon be the first to experience the new Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge. Current Governor Andrew Cuomo announced last week that the westbound lanes of the 3.1-mile, state-of-the-art twin span will be open to traffic on Friday, August 25 as vehicles will be diverted from the Tappan Zee Bridge. The new $3.98 billion bridge ... Read More »

Name the Bridge Contest Entries Differ from Albany’s Decision

by Robert Kimmel Rivertown residents who entered this newspaper’s “Name the Bridge Contest” have opinions contrary to those of the New York State legislature when it comes to attaching a label to the new span replacing the old Tappan Zee Bridge. The State legislature in late June passed a measure naming the new bridge for the well-regarded Governor Mario Cuomo, ... Read More »

As Completion of the New Bridge Nears, Changes Are Coming Along Roadways in the Rivertowns

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by Barrett Seaman  The trend is clear: biking and walking are in; driving—especially at high speed—is frowned upon in the rivertowns. Encouraged by state transportation authorities in anticipation of the major changes in traffic patterns that will come with the opening of the new bridge, local municipalities are making plans to encourage the former and crack down on the latter. ... Read More »

The New Bridge Name Contest Continues

by Robert Kimmel What name would you like to see on the New NY Bridge which will be replacing the existing Governor Malcolm Wilson Tappan Zee Bridge in 2018? Specific word has yet to come from the N.Y. Thruway Authority or officials in Albany as to whether the name will remain or will be changed. The Hudson Independent is giving ... Read More »

The Hudson Independent Launches Name the Bridge Contest

As the replacement span for the Tappan Zee Bridge rises over the Hudson, many rivertown residents are asking what its name will be, or indeed, if it will change. This newspaper is providing our readers an opportunity to offer their opinions as to what the name of the new bridge could be and possibly win a prize in the process. ... Read More »

New NY Bridge Within Budget; on Schedule to Open in 2018

by Rick Pezzullo The New NY Bridge, which will replace the 61-year-old Tappan Zee Bridge, is on schedule to be completed in 2018 and within the allotted $3.98 billion budget. Governor Andrew Cuomo joined other regional elected representatives last month in making the announcement as the completion of the eight main span towers for the new structure was also celebrated. ... Read More »

Westbound Deck Panels Completed for New Bridge

by Rick Pezzullo Tappan Zee Constructors (TZC) announced December 1 that it had completed installation of all road deck panels for the westbound approaches of the New NY Bridge. TZC placed nearly 3,000 steel-reinforced concrete panels, weighing as much as 74,000 pounds each, atop the westbound steel girder assemblies to create the base driving surface of the bridge. Deck panel ... Read More »

An Inside Look at Workers Building the New Bridge

by Charlene Weigel The New NY Bridge is rising, but what do we know about the men and women building it? John McCullough and Alessandra Rosso, field engineers for Tappan Zee Constructors, talk about heights, wind and their work on the river. What’s a typical day? McCullough: We’re building Piers 31 and 32 – the tallest piers. You start between ... Read More »

Thruway Authority Grants Feed into a Web of Enhancement Plans in Hudson River Villages

by Barrett Seaman Planners in Tarrytown, Sleepy Hollow and Irvington, along with six other Hudson River communities that surround the massive Tappan Zee Bridge replacement project, collectively owe $1.5 million worth of thanks to the environmental groups Riverkeeper and Scenic Hudson for holding the New York Thruway Authority’s feet to the fire several years back, when details of the bridge ... Read More »

New NY Bridge Construction Still on Schedule for 2018 Completion

by Rick Pezzullo Construction of the New NY Bridge was going smoothly until a large crane crashed mid-day July 19 on the existing Tappan Zee Bridge, shutting down traffic in both directions for several hours, but miraculously avoiding any serious injuries or crashes. The mishap, the cause of which remains under investigation but appears to be equipment malfunction-related, damaged one ... Read More »

Safety Measures Stressed in Hudson as Boating Season Begins

by Thomas Staudter It was the lull before the unofficial boating season begins on the Hudson River and Tarrytown. Harbormaster Kevin Lustyik, as usual, had safety on his mind—and for good reason. In March, a tugboat crashed into a barge parked near the Tappan Zee Bridge where a new span is under construction, and three crewmembers lost their lives. From ... Read More »

Residents Looking Forward to Bike/Pedestrian Path on New Bridge

by Rick Pezzullo Outdoor enthusiasts expressed satisfaction with plans for Shared-Use Path and Bicycle/Pedestrian Connections when the replacement crossing for the Tappan Zee Bridge is built. A handful of bicyclists, runners and walkers offered a few suggestions to officials from the state Thruway Authority and Department of Transportation during a public hearing at Sleepy Hollow High School on March 15, ... Read More »

Oral Histories: Remembering the Original Tappan Zee Bridge

by Krista Madsen When Anne Petry of then-North Tarrytown was in the fourth grade, her teacher emphatically told the class, “there will never be a bridge” across this part of the Hudson. Citizens of Nyack and the Tarrytowns, separated by one of the widest parts of the river, got from one side to the other by putting their cars on ... Read More »

Governor Proposes Freezing Tolls on TZ Bridge until 2020

by Rick Pezzullo Tolls for motorists driving over the Tappan Zee Bridge would not increase for at least the next five years under a plan outlined in mid-January by Governor Andrew Cuomo in his annual State of the State Address. To ease the financial burden of passenger and commercial traffic, Cuomo proposed a three-part Thruway Toll Reduction and Protection Plan ... Read More »

Construction on New Bridge on Target to End in 2018

By Rick Pezzullo The New York State Thruway Authority announced last month that construction of the new $3.98 billion Tappan Zee Bridge is on target to be completed in 2018. Meanwhile, there will be no toll increase on the span next year, and a task force has been formed to review toll rates, potential commuter discount options, and a resident ... Read More »

Bridge Officials Still Mum on Toll Costs for New Span

|  by Janie Rosman  | While tolls on the Thruway system will remain the same through 2015, residents attending last month’s public meeting at Washington Irving Middle School wanted to know what they will be in 2018. “One of the things we said from the beginning is we had to exercise all financial options before we would talk about what ... Read More »

Residents Have Clear View of Bridge Construction Phases

|  by Janie Rosman  | Visitors to the viewing area at RiverWalk Park in Tarrytown get their first look at the new Tappan Zee Bridge this fall when renderings seen only on paper begin to appear in the Hudson. “You’ll see the towers rise up with help from tower cranes,” Special Advisor to the Governor Brian Conybeare told residents last ... Read More »

Super Crane Makes History with Bridge Replacement

|  by Janie Rosman  | Another page of bridge history took place last week when the I Lift NY fitted a 600-ton precast concrete pile cap on a set of piles. It was the super crane’s first of many placements and future lifts. “You have this tub that is sitting over four piles that are accepting the load, so precision ... Read More »

Construction of New Bridge Making Steady Progress

|  by Janie Rosman  | Now in its third year, the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement project is nearly one-third complete. Among many projects that happened last month was the I Lift NY crane making its first placement: fitting a 600-ton precast concrete pile cap tub on a set of piles with pinpoint precision can take from one to four hours. ... Read More »

Bridge Construction Mishap Caused Temporary Delay

| by Janie Rosman | A mid-December accident involving one of the two floating concrete batch plants, needed for the construction of the new Tappan Zee Bridge, resulted in Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC) shutting down both batch plants while it continues to assess the situation. “One of our floating concrete batch plant silos had a structural failure that caused ... Read More »

Westchester, Rockland Leaders Propose Funding for New Bridge

| by Rick Pezzullo | The two leaders of the counties that are separated by the Tappan Zee Bridge have proposed a plan to partially fund the new Hudson River span. Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Rockland County Executive Ed Day sent a joint letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo in late December suggesting the state use a bulk of the ... Read More »

Construction of Stormwater Pond to Occur Near Irving Homeowners

 | by Janie Rosman |              A new challenge greeted the Irving neighborhood in November when Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC) began clearing and grubbing a work zone to prepare for the construction of a stormwater management pond. The pond will help control the flow of stormwater by collecting and retaining runoff, project officials said. ... Read More »

Massive Crane Arrives to Help Dismantle Tappan Zee Bridge

| by Janie Rosman | Two days after its ceremonial arrival at the project site, the massive I Lift NY crane completed the final leg of its journey: passing under the bridge it will eventually help to dismantle. The only topic to upstage its journey from lower Manhattan was one word: tolls. Governor Andrew Cuomo addressed that straight on when he joined ... Read More »

Construction on New Bridge Begins New Phase

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Construction on the New NY Bridge project has entered an exciting new phase with the installation of pile caps and the first vertical steel sections of the new span’s piers starting to rise above the Hudson River. The team’s focus for the past year has been on installing the pilings below the river to form the strong base needed for ... Read More »

Bridge Outreach Center Helps Keep Residents Informed on Project

Outreach Center in Tarrytown is located at 2 North Broadway. photo: Janie Rosman Everyone has questions about the new bridge that is scheduled to open in 2018. “When will the new bridge be finished?” “How many lanes will it have?” “What will happen to the old bridge?” are most often-asked questions at Thruway Authority’s Community Outreach Centers, which opened February 2013 ... Read More »

Loan Approved for Replacement of Bridge Criticized

Critics challenged the Public Authorities Control Board’s (PACB) July 16 decision to loan the Thruway Authority half of its requested $511 million, originally intended for statewide clean water projects like sewage treatment. On June 26, the state’s Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) unanimously (5 to 0) gave a “yes” vote to the Authority using money from the Clean Water State Revolving ... Read More »

Safety is Top Priority with New NY Bridge Project

| Brian Conybeare |           Safety is the number one priority on the New NY Bridge project.  Earlier this spring, you may have heard about a number of boater safety enhancements being established by the New York State Thruway Authority and design-builder Tappan Zee Constructors (TZC). One of those improvements—an online GPS vessel tracking system—provides a bird’s ... Read More »

New Program Helps With Bridge Noise

| Brian Conybeare |           The New NY Bridge project Community Benefits Program (CBP) is reaching out to 57 private homeowners on both sides of the Hudson River to help them reduce indoor construction noise. These residents qualify for up to $30,000 each to install new sound-reducing windows and doors. Homes that will experience temporary construction noise in excess of ... Read More »

Mass Transit System Planned for New NY Bridge

| Brian Conybeare |           Another major step forward is being taken on a new mass transit system for the New NY Bridge and the Hudson Valley.  Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced the state is making a $20 million investment from the 2014-2015 state budget to support the implementation of the recommendations of the New NY Bridge Mass ... Read More »