TARRYTOWN, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Residents near the site of the new Tappan Zee Bridge have voted overwhelmingly to add sound barriers on both sides of the Hudson River once the new bridge is complete.
Brian Conybeare, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s special adviser for the project, said the votes were 94 percent and above.
The New York State Thruway Authority said the barriers, which would cost $2 million, will muffle the din of traffic by seven decibels. That’s off of the 70 decibels usually given off by traffic.
For perspective, the Thruway Authority said a chainsaw gives off 120 decibels and a whisper is 20 decibels.