Can We Please Just Build the New Tappan Zee Bridge?

Concerns about the new bridge should be heeded, but not cause undue delay for a new span.

After Monday's vote to proceed with the plans to replace the Tappan Zee Bridge, I perused River Keeper's website to see what their objections were to the project. They aren't opposed to a new bridge, but they are indeed rightly concerned that the process be approached responsibly and that the execution be as environmentally friendly as possible. I am too, but make no bones about it: those of use who work on both sides of the Hudson and use that span often would really like to see a new bridge built sooner rather than later. 

Will it be a financial boondoggle? Probably. 
Will environmental advocates be completely satisfied with everything? Probably not.

I want to see a new bridge already. I think we need to just pull the bandage off and proceed with this. Let's put some people to work and get a bridge that we can drive across with peace of mind. Then, let's argue about something else, like what kind of high speed rail we can add to the span to minimize the vehicle count. 

Does this mean I want Riverkeeper and other environmentalist groups to shut up and get out of the way? Quite the contrary- my father didn't spend the bulk of his twenties in World War II and Korea fighting for anyone to have their right to free speech suppressed.

There will always been tension between commerce and caution. I hope the groups concerned for the environment and transparency of the process are heard loud and clear. That is, just as long as some of that noise is the sound of construction of the new bridge we need. 


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Norman August 25, 2012 at 01:15 AM
engineers can rehab the bridge while still keeping traffic going over the bridge. How do you guys think any of the nyc bridges have been rehabbed? Look at the Manhattan Bridge, it has a subway line going over it and several lanes of traffic, it took about 16 years but it was completely rebuilt while traffic and subway still used it. That's what I think should be done with the TZ. The idea of building a completely new bridge is a huge waste of money.
J Philip Faranda August 25, 2012 at 01:22 AM
The Manhattan bridge had plenty of help- Brooklyn, Williamsburg, tunnels, subways, etc. We have no such luxury with the TZ.
sayitsnotsojack August 25, 2012 at 02:26 AM
Will someone please tell me why after 57 years since completed the TPZ needs to replaced when the Brooklyn bridge is now 129 years old and still standing? The GW bridge is 79 years old and still standing. Did the builders of those bridges know something the TPZ people did not?
K.Cobain August 27, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Why did you move so close to the thruway in the first place if you have concerns about pollution, noise and etc.. what nonsense.. Its a wonder anything can get done in this country anymore.. Heron the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few..
Heron August 27, 2012 at 05:35 PM
@KCobain - fair enough, but I did say that I wouldn't mind the new bridge if it were a better, improved bridge. I would LOVE to see a bridge that has light rail.


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