Updated 07/25/2012 08:29 AM
Forums this week to update public on Tappan Zee replacement plans
Plans to replace the Tappan Zee Bridge are moving ahead. But there's still a lot of logistics that need to be sorted out and a great deal of discussion has to take place with the community before construction ramps up. That's the goal behind a series of forums this week. YNN's Elaina Athans has more.
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SOUTH NYACK, N.Y. -- A round of forums this week to update the public and business leaders on plans to replace the Tappan Zee Bridge and right now there are many concerns within the community
"I don’t think it’s going to be the success story [Governor] Cuomo thinks its going to be," said South Nyack resident Judy Ryan.
Ryan lives along the Hudson River and has the Tappan Zee as her backyard backdrop. Her concerns are the noise of construction, property value, questions regarding public transportation, and cost.
"10 years from now, if you have people paying $15 to cross that bridge, I think you are talking about working people a lot of them that are really going to be in trouble," said Ryan.
The Governor's Office estimates a new bridge will cost $5 billion. The state is still searching for funding. Some federal money has allotted, but not enough. Many people believe drivers will be picking up most of the tab.
Talks to replace the Tappan Zee have taken place for more than a decade and in fact $88 million was spent alone just trying to figure out how to make that happen.
"What we really cant afford is to have a failure of the structure," said Rockland Business Association President Al Samuel.
Four forums are going to be held and the "Rockland Business Association" will host one of them. The non-profit's president said during its meeting, the Environmental Impact Study is going to be released. He adds safety is main goal of building a new multi-billion dollar bridge.
"The core issue of a new crossing: safety. The current Tappan Zee Bridge has a finite lifespan and we’re a lot closer to the end of that today," said Samuel.
The forums will be held Wednesday and Thursday. One public meeting will be July 25th at 6:00 p.m. It'll be held at the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College.
Another public forum will be July 26, at Rockland Community Cultural Arts Theatre in Suffern starting at 6:00 p.m.