South Nyack homeowners still in limbo on Tappan Zee

Workers continue early construction of pilings, from barges, Workers continue early construction of pilings, from barges, just north of the Tappan Zee Bridge crossing from Westchester to Rockland County, in background. These pilings allowed proposers to conduct demonstrations of boring to ascertain the composition of the riverbed and a pile-driving project that will determine the load capacity of seven locations in the future path of the bridge. The pile-driving demonstration project was the first physical preparatory work for the new Tappan Zee Bridge. (March 13, 2012) Photo Credit: Rory Glaeseman

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A December deadline has come and gone for the weary South Nyack residents awaiting news from the state on how the state's new Tappan Zee Bridge project will impact their homes.

Now the homeowners are hoping for answers by the end of January.

In January of 2012, the half-dozen owners of one- and two-family houses near the Rockland entrance to the old bridge received letters from the state, which was offering to buy their homes at market prices to make way for the new bridge. But in May, the offers were rescinded. Negotiations dragged on through the rest of the year.

"I think that they've been genuinely trying to figure out something," said Melissa Hall, one of the homeowners. "They've assured us that they are continuing to look into what they can do."

As the process drags on, Hall said, she tries "not to think about it."

State officials told Newsday that they have completed a proposal that must be cleared by the federal government before it's presented to the residents, hopefully by the end of January.

The $3.1 billion new Tappan Zee Bridge will be a double-span bridge built by low bidders Fluor Enterprises of Irving, Texas, and American Bridge of Coraopolis, Pa. The five-year project, which is expected to break ground soon, is among the most ambitious governmental construction endeavors in the country.

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