Residents discuss plans for Tappan Zee
(07/29/03) WHITE PLAINS - A public meeting in White Plains focused on traffic problems along the Tappan Zee Bridge. Residents viewed 15 proposals to ease congestion and while they couldn't agree on which one was best, everyone believes something needs to be done.
The proposals include plans such as repairing the existing bridge and building a tunnel across the Hudson. There are also a number of traffic reduction strategies on the table. Officials say when it was built in 1955, the Tappan Zee was designed to carry 100,000 cars per day. Transportation experts say the bridge sometimes sees twice as much traffic, and the daily wear and tear has taken its toll.
The MTA hopes a final decision on how to reduce traffic can be reached by December of 2005. A similar public hearing will be held in Rockland County on Wednesday night.