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.
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