Tappan Zee greenway rejected; bridge to be demolished

The Tappan Zee Bridge photographed on the north

The Tappan Zee Bridge photographed on the north side during a tour provided by the New York Thruway Authority. (March 13, 2012) (Credit: Rory Glaeseman)

Advocates of keeping the current Tappan Zee Bridge as a greenway or elevated park have failed to sway decision-makers in Albany.

The old bridge will be demolished when the $5.2 billion replacement span is in place, officials said at a meeting Tuesday night in Yonkers.

Tom Madison, chief of the New York State Thruway Authority, delivered the news at a community meeting at Yonkers City Hall, according to News12.

Noise, vibration and air quality monitors for the new bridge that residents can check will be installed in South Nyack and Tarrytown, the News12 report said.

On Wednesday, the full environmental impact study for the new bridge will be released.

Town of Greenburgh Supervisor Paul Feiner, who has advocated for converting the existing bridge into a park, criticized the decision.

"Why should taxpayers spend six figures to demolish a bridge when we could turn the old bridge into a world class destination park?" Feiner said in a statement, adding that the state "could generate revenue by leasing space on the bridge to appropriate businesses. Small businesses on both sides of the river would generate business from the tourists and visitors to the bridge, enhancing the local economy. Hotels near the bridge would attract more guests. We could enhance the quality of life with outdoor concerts on the bridge."

The Tappan Zee meets Westchester County in Greenburgh.

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