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Governor Cuomo Considers Transforming Tappan Zee Bridge Into a Pedestrian Park

by , 02/23/12
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The idea to turn the ill-fated Tappan Zee Bridge into a pedestrian walkway is finally crossing the desk of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. The bridge, which connects Rockland and Westchester, has been deemed beyond repair, so a new bridge has been slated to be built. Supervisor Paul Feiner of Greenburgh first suggested the walkway, but Cuomo’s interest to transform the site was finally piqued when a cabinet meeting this week determined the cost of demolition was estimated at a whopping $150 million.

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Feiner’s idea would create a suburban park much like the High Line or the Walkway Over the Hudson. The three mile bridge would be preserved and serve as a unique park for walkers and bicyclists to enjoy incredible views. The park would also bring more tourism and recognition to the Lower Hudson Valley. The idea was first met with little interest and deemed impractical.

But Wednesday’s meeting proved otherwise. Both Governor Cuomo and Thomas Madison of the State Thruway Authority announced interest in exploring the idea of preserving the obsolete bridge and turning it into a park, rather than spending the funds to tear it down. To Mr. Feiner’s joy, the conversion into a green pedestrian walkway may also make more sense financially for all parties concerned.

Cuomo assures that the new bridge being built nearby will have biking and pedestrian lanes, unlike the old bridge. He also claims that the new bridge will support a commuter railway for green transportation, a point that many local residents were concerned would not be covered in the new plan.

Via New York Times

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2 Comments

  1. ragins April 7, 2012 at 9:10 am

    The highest and best use of reuse of the old bridge would be to build a turbine wind farm on it. I believe this is a compelling idea for the following reasons:

    • The existing structure already has the height off of ground level without introducing new elements to the sky line.

    • I believe you have the required winds at that location.

    • The bridge is close to major trans mission lines.

    • There is revenue generation potential through leases.

    • It of course promotes New York State’s Green Agenda..

  2. Egalitare February 23, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    A really good idea. I hope the new bridge is sited in a much more appropriate place (Thanks to Tom Dewey, this current bridge was placed in as wrong a location as humanly possible simply to avoid it becoming subject to the NY Port Authority.)