Skip to comments.New Tappan Zee Bridge Design Released
Posted on 12/07/2012 7:30:31 PM PST by neverdem
A selection committee has recommended a futuristic design for the new Tappan Zee Bridge, with suspension supports leaning outwards, giving the bridge the look of a stripped-down building by Santiago Calatrava.
Calatrava has designed the World Trade Center transit hub, the Milwaukee Museum of Art, and the Athens Olympic stadium.
The New York State Thruway Authority — the agency in charge of the project — will consider the design, along with two others, for a new Tappan Zee Bridge. The three designs were released(PDF) at Governor Cuomo’s cabinet meeting Wednesday.
The designs range from $3.142 billion to $4.059 billion when all estimated costs are totaled. All three proposals are being called “transit ready,” though images of the bridge being recommended don’t show buses or transit on the roadway.
Details of how the proposals will be financed still haven’t been released. Governor Cuomo said both the bridge’s full cost and the amount of federal financing (still unknown) would have to be tallied before a bridge financing plan could be released.
The three designs will be considered December 17th by the Thruway Authority board.
The state had said the bridge would cost $5.2 billion, but had been hoping the cost would be adjusted downward — in part to lower future tolls on drivers.
For more on why the bridge matters nationally, and the planning process to date, see our previous coverage.
More soon on the design details.
Looks good for a 15 dollar plus ride across it! The GW bridge and some others are now 14 dollars to cross. A rig with a few axes can cost up to 75 dollars or more to cross. Where’s all the money going? Education? how much more money do we need for education when the kids are getting dumber and thier propaganda agenda is progressing nicely. oops did I say that?
I like design 2. Of course I give a rat’s ass because I left NY and I won’t be paying for this.
Lot of racoons between Wurtsboro and the Tappan Zee. So many I don’t even need to wear my glasses to see them.
Its wooden pilings are being eaten by sea worms.
Pretty to be sure, but I can just see what it’s going to do to our thruway tolls to pay for it.
On 9/11 ,The Tappen Zee was one of the few ways out of NY. My husband drove across it and saw the smoke where the Towers had stood. He’ll never forget that sight.
I only went over the new bridge a few times before we moved.
My mom hated it, so would go the long way to avoid it if she was driving.
We had used the old bridge just hours before the accident. And used the remaining bridge several times a year. The first few times we were not allowed to talk and had to roll down the windows. The no talking rule was also in place if the weather was bad.
I still hate crossing bridges if they are long and are over deep water.
Whats wrong with the old Tappan Zee bridge??
1. Structural corrosion. Engineers are wondering when a section of bridge deck might go.
2. The footings on the west end of the bridge are, shall we say, suboptimal. As in sitting on river silt, no pilings to bedrock. To get pilings to bedrock on that side, they would have to go deep. And this is causing problems that have been noticable of late.
Thanks for the ping!
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