Brian Conybeare, the governor’s special adviser on the Tappan Zee Bridge project, said at a meeting last week South Nyack officials strongly opposed a possible temporary toll collection setup near Exit 10 in Rockland County.
Conybeare said other locations for the temporary electronic toll collection system are being looked at on the Westchester County side and “We are actively considering alternate solutions.”
A temporary collection location will likely be set up during construction of the New Tappan Zee Bridge. The permanent location for the new bridge has not been determined, though within two to two and a half years, a new setup for collecting tolls will be required.
“During construction we are going to go to a temporary all electronic toll collection system,” Conybeare said on Thursday.
He said a meeting is scheduled for next week with the New NY Bridge Outreach Team, NY State Thruway officials, South Nyack officials and South Nyack Tappan Zee Bridge Task Force. Conybeare said at the last meeting South Nyack officials expressed concerns that a temporary toll gantry could become permanent.
Conybeare emphasized,” No final decision has been made on locations yet.”
Conybeare stated that the toll will continue to be collected for vehicles traveling into Westchester and there is no consideration of implementing tolls in both directions.
Ron Levine, communications director for County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef's office, said Vanderhoef would not be commenting until they have more information.