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New Tappan Zee Bridge: State wants feedback on aesthetic change

An artist's rendition of the design for the

An artist's rendition of the design for the new Tappan Zee Bridge that was selected by a panel of experts as the best value among the three proposals submitted. The winning design must be approved by the State Thruway Authority. (Dec. 5, 2012) Photo Credit:

A design panel wants the state to spring for a $2 million aesthetic change to the new Tappan Zee Bridge, but wants to hear from the public first.

The Thruway Authority's Visual Quality Panel has a choice between unadorned pylons, and so-called "chamfered-top pylons." A chamfer is an architectural term for a bevel. In plain terms, the pricier option would create slanted edges at the very top of the pylons, giving them a sleeker appearance.

The choice is purely aesthetic, the state said, and has no bearing on the bridge's structural design.

The deadline for public feedback is Tuesday.

One goal of the new Tappan Zee Bridge project has been to create "an aesthetically pleasing bridge (New Yorkers) can be proud of," Brian Conybeare, special adviser to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, said in a statement. "It's our job to work with the public to ensure we meet this goal. Needless to say, we are looking forward to hearing residents' thoughts on these two great designs."

Readers can look at renderings and Photoshopped examples of what the altered pylons would look like by scrolling through an online gallery. Some of the Photoshopped images show the bridge and pylons from Losee Park in Tarrytown, while others provide a glimpse of the pylons from the pedestrian lanes of the future span.

Readers can access the gallery and leave feedback for the Visual Quality Panel by visiting the New NY Bridge Project website.

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