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Take a Drive Over the New Tappan Zee Bridge

The audience at the Westchester Marriott Monday night got to meet the design-build team and take a closer look at the new Tappan Zee Bridge.

One hundred New NY Bridge community meetings and counting, the large one Monday night marked many milestones on the community outreach front.

Spokesperson Brian Conybeare introduced the panel comprising the Tappan Zee Constructors (TZC) team and the numerous ways citizens can now connect with the project: a new video drives you over the bridge-to-be, there's a jobs website, daily office hours, a Community Outreach Manager, and our very own Tarrytown liaison to the project.

David Aukland, of the Tarrytown Planning Board, has been named the “liaison to the Tappan Zee Bridge reconstruction project” for our village (pending endorsement of the Board of Trustees on Wednesday, which is expected).

This doesn’t mean you will call him when the pile-driving is too loud – you can save that for Conybeare and his office, which will now be open daily at 303 South Broadway on the first floor. Rather, Aukland will be working closely with the design team to help come up with local solutions to unresolved issues like staging areas, worker parking, traffic at the bridge’s intersection with Tarrytown, and so on.

Aukland will also serve on the bridge’s public transit task force with Mayor Drew Fixell, who is rerunning for Mayor and tasked with the 31 member team to weigh in on mass transit solutions short-, medium- and long-term on and beyond the bridge.

“The public is being brought into the public every step of the way,” Conybeare said.

The TZC team includes a Community Outreach/Diversity Manager, Carla Julian, who said she would make herself very accessible to anyone, from citizens concerned about construction issues to local business owners wanting to get in on the action and job seekers.

Those interested in one of the "tons" of job opportunities Conybeare promised were offered a new website to coincide with the New NY bridge project, live now at tappanzeeconstructors.com, along with a list of dates to come (times and venues to be determined, one in Westchester and one in Rockland for each): 

  • DBE – Feb. 14 and 15 (for the disadvantaged)
  • Job fairs – March 6 and 7
  • Biz to biz fairs – April 23 and 24

When construction does begin (see a timeline of preconstruction here), it’s certainly going to be quite a show.

Part of Aukland’s interest is to figure out where/how they can set up a viewing station in the village as people from here and beyond will surely want to watch.

“One of the stars," said Conybeare, will be the so-called “Left Coast Lifter,” the largest floating crane in the world, able to lift the equivalent poundage of 12 Statues of Liberty. It will float on four barges and sit quite high on the river. It will make its way here through the Panama Canal and across the Gulf of Mexico on up and just its arrival should be something to behold.

We will watch giant hunks of coming (new bridge) and going (old bridge) move by barge along the river, which promises to alleviate the traffic pressure on a community already pressed like Tarrytown. 

Among the many continuing worries villagers have, traffic ranks right up there, as does direct impacts to communities closest to the bridge, like the Quay. Citizens asked if the toll plaza would widen (marginally), and just where exactly would this behemoth rest on land. Many of these exact details have yet to be worked out as the design plan is only partially complete, and the team said they welcome questions as they go.

"We want to empower people with information," said Conybeare, saying the goal was to make this the most transparent mass transit project in history.

Office hours for the Community Outreach Center in Tarrytown at 303 S. Broadway are: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., starting today.

Phone number is 855-TZ-Bridge. Website: NewNYBridge.com. Click here for a PDF of last night's presentation

What issues remain unaddressed in your mind as this bridge nears groundbreaking? Tell us in the comments.

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Melissa February 05, 2013 at 03:10 PM
What an ugly bridge. There is no beauty in the new plan...just another way to destroy our beautiful river view. Its horrid!
Krista Madsen (Editor) February 05, 2013 at 03:11 PM
So I guess the video didn't sell you! Do others still feel the same or do you like it more now that you can "see" it better?
tricia taxter February 05, 2013 at 03:26 PM
I was hesitant about liking the new design until I watched this video. It will be absolutely beautiful and a stunning replacement of the old bridge. Bravo!
Melissa February 05, 2013 at 03:37 PM
Not sold....those pillars are hideous. The awe with our existing bridge is its beauty day or night. All of this money being spent (that nobody really has) to expand the bridge and add pedestrian lanes and so on, is really unnecessary. There is not that much traffic in reality, and traffic will only get worse with all the bottlenecking that will take place on each end. And you can walk or ride your bike across the bridge but then where will you go? What a waste of money.
Melissa February 05, 2013 at 03:47 PM
And maybe im missing a link or something...I downloaded a PDF and there isnt a video, just pictures.
Krista Madsen (Editor) February 05, 2013 at 03:56 PM
Sorry, video's right here with the article up top, YouTube.
RVG February 05, 2013 at 04:36 PM
A tunnel looks even better. What have they done to reduce noise pollution once the span is operable?
Krista Madsen (Editor) February 05, 2013 at 09:16 PM
There are apparently noise reductions built in permanently to the structure.
joy February 05, 2013 at 09:37 PM
Thanks Krista -- the video is very helpful.
Nanc February 08, 2013 at 04:19 PM
Kkrista, The video made it much easier to visualize what our new bridge will look like. It is very attractive. Thanks for the article and video.
Maria February 16, 2013 at 03:55 PM
In my opinion, the bridge does not fit this area. This bridge would be better suited in a city where the Skyscrapers are very modern, new, futuristic - as you see popping up now a days. The Hudson Valley has a country feel to it. The current Tappan Zee Bridge adds so much charm to this area. This new structure looks so out of place. As a lifelong Tarrytown resident, I'm disappointed. I really am.
Bjorn Olsson February 16, 2013 at 08:06 PM
I'm on the other side, I think the TZB is one of the least attractive bridges I have ever seen, anything will look better. A tunnel would be wonderful, but the proposed design will be attractive enough, should be a decent landmark.
C Gajowski February 22, 2013 at 05:29 PM
I think the proposed bridge as shown in the video looks grand - especially how it opens up the "view-scape." Just hope that there's intense, not buddy-buddy, monitoring of the construction so that it holds up ( is "overbuilt" like the Triborough was in its time) - not set up to self destruct. And in the end,will it ease the traffic for long - or just add more vehicles to the masses? On looks it is better by far than the existing span
Ruthmarie Hicks February 23, 2013 at 11:29 PM
I'm sorry, I still think the suspension design is butt ugly.
K February 24, 2013 at 02:55 PM
Totally agree. Although the new design is nice looking, it doesn't fit the rich Hudson Valley historical personna. I am pro-progress but it can be done in a way that preserves the beauty of our area. The Village has already been ruined enough (for instance, the eyesore Key Bank building that replaced that beautiful victorian house, the hideous traffic light at Main & Bdway, the waterfront....)

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