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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.

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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