Friday, April 6, 2012

Tappan Zee Bridge Park

The Tappan Zee bridge across the Hudson has reached the end of its life and will be replaced soon. A few groups have sprung up to turn it into a park. Just like those who have created other walking trails and parks out of abandoned railroad lines and bridges, this ambitious plan envisions a park stretching over three miles across the Hudson with magnificent views of the Palisades, Manhattan and the mansions lining the river.

Se the full slide show in much greater detail in the website for this group.

This all sounds lovely but I hope it becomes a reality. In this Times article, the author explains all the difficulties facing the project: The bridge needs $50 million in maintenance annually and has serious long-term structural and seismic concerns, including the threat of marine borers eating into the underwater wooden pilings that support the bridge.

What do you think of the plan? Will you walk it when it's done? I will.

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