Where have the lights on the Mario M. Cuomo Bridge gone?Posted: Updated:
For months, the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge has been in the dark, leaving many to wonder what has been going on.
From the back deck of her home in Tarrytown, Betsy Bollenbacher has a spectacular view of the new bridge. She especially likes looking up at it at night. But since November, the lights have been off.
"I miss them definitely. Everybody talks about it too. They say, 'When are they going to light up?'" says Bollenbacher. "We were hoping for Christmas, you know ... Thanksgiving. Nothing."
The New York State Thruway Authority, which owns the bridge, blames builder Tappan Zee Constructors for keeping the lights off.
A spokesperson for the Thruway Authority released a statement, saying in part, "Tappan Zee Constructors informed us last fall that they would begin testing the various components of the system as contractually required before they turn over the final and fully commissioned system to the Thruway Authority. Like the public, we are extremely eager to see the bridge lit in color again and we are encouraging the contractor to make that happen as soon as possible."
Tappan Zee Constructors have sued the state for what they say is nearly $900 million in additional money owed to them for building the bridge.
Neither the state nor Tappan Zee Constructors would comment on whether the legal action has anything to do with the lights being turned off.