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[POLL] Local Official Disappointed Old Tappan Zee Bridge Likely Will Not Be Kept as Park

Report: Existing structure to be demolished

After a report out today that New York State will likely demolish the existing Tappan Zee Bridge when a new bridge is built, a leading proponent of saving the old bridge for use as a public park expressed his dissappointment.

"I’m extremely disappointed," said Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner. "A Tappan Bridge park would have been a world class destination point, similar to the high line and walkway over the Hudson.  It would have helped the local economy—hotels would generate business from tourists."

The New York State Thruway Authority is now saying that it is not expecting to move forward with proposals to keep the old bridge as a recreational resource. The idea, touted by Feiner, even got some support as Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the option should be explored.

"Local businesses on both sides of the river would have generated more traffic and customers," Feiner said. "And, the quality of life of residents would have been enhanced –w ith  an amazing bike and pedestrian walkway. I had envisioned concerts and sculpture gardens on the bridge."

Feiner said the park would have added excitement to the overall project.

"I hope the state reconsiders," Feiner said.

An update environmental report on the bridge replacement project is due out today.

jo August 01, 2012 at 03:17 PM
way to much liability for the Tax payer to bear... millions in repair each year.. plus all the other associated costs... we need to be fiscally prudent now..
AH August 01, 2012 at 04:56 PM
It's an ugly bridge anyway and who the hell cares what the greenburgh town supervisor feels. There are more serious issues to worry about.
Adam Hart August 01, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Why don't we make sure that the new bridge design has bicycle and pedestrian access?
SugarSugarHoneyHoney August 01, 2012 at 09:19 PM
make the new tappan zee suicide proof and leave old one as is.
John Taggart August 01, 2012 at 09:59 PM
They could never keep the entire span as a walkway. Even without trafic it is still falling apart. But both sides of the river should look at keeping some of the first few 100s or 1000s of yards as a park, lookout,ect. Remove the divider and there is room for parking, even venders. Demolish for scrap the the span between the parks.
Chris DeRossi August 02, 2012 at 03:32 AM
Every one keeps saying that the bridge is falling apart ! when the truth is that the new one will start doing the same after about a year or two from it's completion .The bridge will cost millions more to demolish than the scrap is worth ! Plus it could generate job's if you charge a fee to use it . Im just saying that it need's alot more thought before you jump into a final conclusion. if the idea is to save and make money i'd have to say keep it , and charge a fee to use it to create more jobs...
Rob August 02, 2012 at 04:01 AM
Does anyone know the remaining life of the George Washington Bridge ? Could you imagine if something ever happens to that bridge ...
E. Loughran August 02, 2012 at 05:18 AM
Repair it! NO NEW BRIDGE!!!
Kbg August 02, 2012 at 11:38 AM
Good alternative idea!
Betsy Shaw Weiner August 02, 2012 at 12:23 PM
Aside from the fact that the current bridge is falling apart and dangerous, as a structure it's not suitable for a walking park. The grade that takes it up over the river's main channel is far too steep to be practical for that. Walkway Over The Hudson, up in Poughkeepsie, is suitable because, having been a railroad bridge, it is flat and excellent walking, once access had been established. Mr. Feiner has had cockamamie ideas in the past; although I think he's an interesting public official, this is one of them.
A Keith H August 02, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Hey AH I agree can Mr. Feiner even see the bridge from Greenburgh? If they could they would know the old bridge is a steel and concrete eyesore especially the lower section on the West shore. Plus who wants to stroll next to 140,000 daily vehicle traffic?
Blanche August 02, 2012 at 05:22 PM
This is a highly impractical idea which for many reasons could not work. Mr. Feiner would better serve the public by insisting that the new bridge have light rail or some form of public transportation. Car traffic will only grow over the years and a new bridge that doesn't provide for public transportation, and bike lanes will be outmoded within a very short time.
John D. August 16, 2012 at 07:15 PM
The new bridge is a double-span structure. We really don't need three spans side by side. What an eyesore! Instead of spending money converting and maintaining the old bridge as a park, why not use that money to add mass transit to the new bridge?
Orlando Alberto Franklin August 18, 2012 at 01:19 AM
why is there an urgency to build this bridge? especially in a bad economy...mostly contractors outside the county are doing most of the work on the bridge if not outside contractors...republicans are feasting on this lol...the folks in nyack view being block or value for homes being lost....a big joke
Walt August 18, 2012 at 01:34 AM
Republicans are feasting on what? Democratic incompetence?

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