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Cuomo: TZ Bridge as Pedestrian Walkway?

State looks into preserving old span when new one is built

When the is complete, could the old one be a pedestrian walkway?

The idea first gained attention , but few thought it had real traction.

Now, governor Andrew Cuomo and the state are pondering the project, too.

It's been done before—with the Manhattan High Line, or Walkway in Poughkeepsie—but this tentative walkway would be parallel to, and just neighboring, the proposed new Hudson crossing.

Demolition of the current bridge would run about $150 million, said Cuomo, a price high enough to considering preserving it, according to a New York Times report.

Paul Feiner, Greenburgh's town supervisor, since 2011. Feiner said it would wrangle tourists and connect Rockland and Westchester, exhaust-free.

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Read what South Nyack homes may be demolished as a result .

Read about the current bridge's shortcomings .

Read about the possibility of a Tappan Zee tunnel .

Read about the call for mass transit on the new bridge .

Timothy Judge February 24, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Keeping the whole bridge as a walkway would be less than ideal. However, having a short promenade on the eastern side and a long pedestrian pier on the western side might not be bad. Keeping one mile (+/-) over the river on the eastern side would provide incredible views of NYC, and a half-mile long section on the western side would provide additional river access and compliment the pier at Piermont. The majority of the span has to go for the reasons previously stated and beacuse of effects on marine traffic, both commercial and recreational. This might worth considering as an alternative.
Blue February 24, 2012 at 07:36 PM
I agree with Tim
Stephen February 24, 2012 at 07:59 PM
I think its a great idea to have a park on the bridge. Cycle and jogging paths, trees and grass. .play area for children...walk to Nyack..ect..
Bern February 24, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Let the park extend only a half mile out into the water from both sides. Less costly but very useful. No suicides because the water would not be deep enough. And, a half mile is certainly a large enough park.
Guest February 24, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Please read about NYS Smart Growth Public Infrastructure Policy Act. It requires any state infrastructure project to meet 10 smart growth criteria. Quite clearly the 'new bridge' does not meet these criteria. Yet, this bridge is moving ahead without input from the communities (minimal). For a project this large, I do not see too much opposition and I am sure there is opposition out there. Do politicians care...no..blanket their agendas right over communities. Fix the existing bridge and move on. Perhaps to I 287... could be completed within the say next decade? I travel this route and I really do not see any difference or improvement...probably will be the same with the 'new bridge'. More traffic, more headaches, cost more for traversing.

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