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Tappan Zee ‘green’ light
NY Post ^ | September 26, 2012 | JIM FITZGERALD

Posted on 09/26/2012 1:48:17 PM PDT by neverdem

The federal government has approved the environmental-impact statement for a new Tappan Zee Bridge, and Gov. Cuomo said yesterday the bridge has passed “a significant milestone.”

Although financing still must be arranged and permits still must be obtained, the governor said he considers federal approval the biggest hurdle.

“Building the bridge is actually the easy part,” compared with getting the environmental OK, Cuomo said during a conference call with reporters. He said the state expects all three bids to be less than $5.2 billion.In October, President Barack Obama declared the bridge eligible for fast-tracked federal approvals. Cuomo praised the state’s quick work since then and said he believes the bridge is ahead of other fast-tracked projects aro

“Not that it’s an easy task, but relative to the environmental review, it’s a straightforward task. So this is the aspect that had me holding my breath.”...

(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: New York
KEYWORDS: tappanzee; tappanzeebridge

How's that for a front page yesterday? Thank you NY Post!

1 posted on 09/26/2012 1:48:22 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

There has been a crying need for a bridge across the St. Croix in Stillwater Mn for 30 years.

Environmentalists have been succesfully vetoing construction for 30 years. The legal costs of fighting this I am sure will be 10X the ultimate cost of building it.


2 posted on 09/26/2012 1:57:37 PM PDT by DManA
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To: DManA

We’ve got a vote coming up to stop a second bridge over the Detroit river but I’m for the bridge since Detroit is still the second busiest freight crossing in North America.


3 posted on 09/26/2012 2:02:45 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: neverdem

“Building the bridge is actually the easy part,” compared with getting the environmental OK”

Look no further to know what’s wrong with the economy.


4 posted on 09/26/2012 2:05:10 PM PDT by Jim Noble (Diseases desperate grown are by desperate appliance relieved or not at all.)
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To: DManA

Obama’s got them in his”Hip Pocket”!More Vote-Buying with OUR MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


5 posted on 09/26/2012 2:05:59 PM PDT by bandleader
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To: neverdem

What’s wrong with the old bridge? It’s less than 60 years old...started 1952...finished 1955.


6 posted on 09/26/2012 2:06:18 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: neverdem
'Tappan Zee bridge?'

'Ja wohl!'

7 posted on 09/26/2012 2:09:31 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: mass55th

It’s structurally unsound. The pilings aren’t in bedrock. They may even be wood. At least that’s what I remember.


8 posted on 09/26/2012 2:11:22 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: mass55th

Much of it built on creosoted pilings, like telephone poles. They have finally succumbed to rot. Not sure, how London Bridge wood lasted 800 years, but loads were lighter then.

If it goes the way of the Oakland Bay bridge: $6 billion dollars.


9 posted on 09/26/2012 2:18:17 PM PDT by cicero2k
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To: Ken H
'Ja wohl!'

Nah.

Indian Dutch. In that order.

10 posted on 09/26/2012 2:24:13 PM PDT by Gamecock (We don't come to Christ to be born again; rather, we are born again in order to come to Christ. RCS)
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To: cyborg; Clemenza; Cacique; NYCVirago; The Mayor; Darksheare; hellinahandcart; Chode; ...
NEW YORK STATE SENATE REPUBLICAN PRIMARIES COULD AID CUOMO

FReepmail me if you want on or off my New York ping list.

Check the pic in comment# 1 of this Tappan Zee ‘green’ light thread.

A Bridge That Has Nowhere Left to Go (NY's Tappan Zee Bridge)

Replacing it was overdue in Dec. 2005.

11 posted on 09/26/2012 2:24:34 PM PDT by neverdem ( Xin loi min oi)
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To: mass55th
What’s wrong with the old bridge? It’s less than 60 years old...started 1952...finished 1955.

The clowns only built it to last 50 years. There have been a number of reports of seeing the Hudson through the roadway.

12 posted on 09/26/2012 2:31:04 PM PDT by neverdem ( Xin loi min oi)
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To: mass55th
It's a piece of garbage that was under-engineered. Built during the Korean War, it was built to last 50 years and it is said that there are significant shortcuts dur to material shortages.

I cross it a couple times a week and it scares the snot out of me.


13 posted on 09/26/2012 2:31:27 PM PDT by Gamecock (We don't come to Christ to be born again; rather, we are born again in order to come to Christ. RCS)
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To: neverdem
i don't believe it should ever of been built there in the first place, but now we're stuck with it...
14 posted on 09/26/2012 2:52:24 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas; cicero2k; neverdem; Gamecock

Thanks for all your comments. I figured I could rely on Freepers to fill me in.


15 posted on 09/26/2012 3:14:42 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: mass55th

The bridge was deliberately built on the cheap because of the severe funding constraints during the Korean War. I believe it was only designed to last for 50 years.


16 posted on 09/26/2012 3:24:24 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: mass55th
Here's another bit of interesting trivia for you ...

The Tappan Zee Bridge was built across the widest part of the Hudson River (the word "zee" is Dutch for "sea"). It was built in its current location in order to ensure that it would lie just north of the northern jurisdictional boundary of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey -- thereby allowing New York State to build and operate the bridge on its own without having the toll revenue go to the bi-state agency.

17 posted on 09/26/2012 3:31:11 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: neverdem

Great front page!!

This bridge, a 5.5 Billion expense that us toll payers from upstate will be paying for for years to come. It’s all very sickening and the cost??? My God!


18 posted on 09/26/2012 5:02:30 PM PDT by The Mayor ("If you can't make them see the light, let them feel the heat" — Ronald Reagan)
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To: mass55th

Badly designed with wooden pilings under the piers that only go into the mud halfway to bedrock.

Its one of the most dangerous bridges in the country.


19 posted on 09/26/2012 5:30:15 PM PDT by Emperor Palpatine ("On the ascent of Olympus, what's a botched bar or two?" -Artur Schnabel)
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To: neverdem

I don’t know if it’s still there as I haven’t been over that bridge in a while

but on the western end just after you get off the bridge and the Thurway curves north, in the middle in the divider between the two sides there’s an enclosed stairway that goes nowhere. There’s no bridge across the highway or anything and it’s in the middle so pedestrians couldn’t access it anyhow.

It was there for years.

I always wondered what was the hell was the point of it?


20 posted on 09/26/2012 8:07:21 PM PDT by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: Gamecock

I cross it once a year and it scares me to death. Actually remember when it was a new and quite beautiful bridge to cross.


21 posted on 09/26/2012 8:47:18 PM PDT by EDINVA
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