Drivers breathe sigh of relief as Tappan Zee plan is approved
Local commuters say the current Tappan Zee Bridge is in such disrepair they fear it could collapse right underneath them.
Commuters say plans announced by the Obama administration to expedite the approval of its replacement came as good news to address an urgent situation.
The New York State Thruway Authority has always assured drivers that repairs are promptly done on sections of the span's roadway and that 140,000 vehicles going across the span every day are safe.
But a brand-new bridge should be structurally sound from the very beginning. Despite that, Compton Maddux, of Nyack, says building a new bridge might not be necessary.
"I do realize there's a lot of engineering problems with the bridge, but my sense is keep the old bridge," Maddux says.
The first round of construction bids on the new bridge could be advertised as early as next August.
For more on President Barack Obama's decision to expedite the Tappan Zee Bridge project, go to channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select iO Extra.
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