NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – As the Tappan Zee Bridge gets pushed to the front of the line for replacement construction projects, many are left wondering what will happen to the old deteriorating bridge.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reports on the Tappan Zee Bridge’s future

Some New Yorkers suggest it could be the “Highline on the Hudson” just like the original “Highline” rail line-turned-park on Manhattan’s west side.

Greenburgh supervisor Paul Feiner thinks the old Tappan Zee Bridge should be converted into a park and greenway for the public.

“Pedestrians, cyclists, tourists could walk or bike from one side of the bridge to the other,” he said. “It’ll encourage people from one county to shop to the other side of the river so Tarrytown and Greenberg residents can go to Nyack and vise-versa so it’ll help this community and help tourism.”

Feiner said the state would save hundreds of millions of dollars in demolition costs, but right now there are only ideas and nothing set in stone.

“The potential is unlimited, but I think it could really make the Tappan Zee Bridge a real destination point for tourists.”

A call to the governor’s office was not returned.

Comments (11)
  1. Suzy says:

    The bridge was built for light traffic and 50-55 year lifespan. It has had much heavier traffic than it was designed for over the last 20+ years, and is already over 55 years old. It is a disaster waiting to happen, like the Minneapolis bridge. Parks are nice, but the current Tappan Zee bridge should be demolished when it’s replacement is built.

    1. Jim Morris says:

      Where did you get your engineering degree?

      1. Suzy says:

        The facts in my post above came from the public records for the bridge at the Thruway Authority website. Check it out for yourself. No engineering degree is required to be able to read. As a commuter over the bridge for almost 20 years, I’ve been following the developments for the replacement very closely.

  2. Eileen says:

    How come this bridge is in such bad shape when the GW bridge which is much older has not deterirated as the TZ bridge has ???????? Was it poor construction or what ??????

  3. Linda Lyons says:

    It’s dangerous to drive over. Why on earth would anyone feel comfortable enough to walk or bike on it? More taxpayer money will be needed for upkeep of an old deteriorating bridge passed it’s intended lifespan. How about taking that money and actually building a bridge that makes sense with mass transit, like it was envisioned?

    1. A Good Idea says:

      Really???? WOW !!! Better tell the state then that the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park project was a waste too. After all that bridge was built in 1889 and laid abandoned since the fire that closed rail traffic to it in1974. Then conversion into the walkway in 2008. The base structure would be perfectly safe for lighter pedestrian and bike traffic.

      Transforming the Tappan Zee into a walk-bike way is a great idea. Creates and maintains jobs, give people an alternate & green way to cross the Hudson and would be far cheaper than demolition costs.

      1. Linda Lyons says:

        Wow, what a homo response.

        1. Jim Morris says:

          You need a Pysco Therapist!

  4. Leslie says:

    It’s the Town of GreenBURGH. How about a little fact checking or editing?

    1. mark says:

      That would have required too much effort on their part. The writers and editors of CBS news are much too busy checking their facebook pages and Twitter accounts to be bothered.

  5. qdsa says:

    GREAT last week i biked from b-k to nyack and wanted to cross hudsow on the bike but these is no path. This park is great idea!!

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