Gov. Cuomo Says Tappan Zee Bridge Being Mulled As Walkway

ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state is considering turning the Tappan Zee Bridge into a “greenway” instead of demolishing it when a new adjacent span is built to cross the Hudson River.

Cuomo says Wednesday his administration is discussing whether to turn the current 57-year-old bridge into a walkway similar to the one spanning the Hudson 45 miles upriver at Poughkeepsie.

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Officials have said a new bridge carrying the Thruway between Rockland and Westchester counties would cost $5.2 billion, with rail lines and bus lanes costing billions more if added to the project.

The governor says turning the current Tappan Zee into a crossing for pedestrians and bicyclists would offer outstanding views and recreational opportunities for visitors.

The walkway idea has been raised by town of Greenburgh Supervisor Paul Feiner.

“I think turning it into a suburban version of the High Line would make the Tappan Zee Bridge a real destination point,” Feiner said last fall.

In Jan., the state released an environmental impact statement on the new bridge and found it would not increase pollution to the Hudson River and might improve air quality because of better traffic flow.

The project could start by August and officials have said construction is expected to take up to five and a half years.

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  • VY

    It’s way cheaper to covert the existing bridge into a walkway once the new bridge is open. Taking down a bridge like the Tappan Zee would cost hundreds of millions of dollars, maybe half a billion dollars. Converting to a walkway would be much less expensive.

  • Chester West

    My idea…

    [1] Build a new bridge for cars.

    [2] Keep and reinforce the existing bridge for a busway or rail line.

    • Robert Moses

      Absolutely NOT.

      Public transportation has NO PLACE in a fine country like America, where REAL people drive everywhere. People who ride trains and buses are America-hating, terrorist-hugging traitors.

  • Tommy

    The damn thing is collapsing, who is going to pay to maintain it?

  • Junior

    Do poo-poo the idea so fast. It is just an idea, and still needs to be looked at. It is a good idea. The one in Poughkeepsie is a huge attraction pint and brings in lots of money to the area.

  • Bob

    There is no place to walk to the Tappan Zee Bridge FROM. and there is no place to walk from the Tappan Zee Bridge TO. This means people would DRIVE to the Tappan Zee Bridge, park their car, take a nice stroll on the bridge and DRIVE home.
    Find the idiot who had this idea and fire him immediately.

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