What New Yorkers Can Expect in 2017

Posted on Nov 13, 2011

All it takes is one accident to create a nightmare scenario on the current Tappan Zee Bridge. The current bridge connecting Westchester and Rockland Counties is more than 50 years old, and there is concern both about the amount of traffic on it and the structural integrity of it.

Recently, President Obama declared the bridge eligible for fast track funding. Various hearings are being held in the area to determine the best design for a new bridge. Some favor a lower cost bridge that may not include designated lanes for express buses and tracks for commuter rails. Others view the low cost option as short cited and believe that the updated bridge should be built to accommodate mass transit and improve safety. A third option is to build the bridge without the commuter rail but leave room for that to be added in the future.

If an existing plan for a new Tappan Zee Bridge is approved and passed, experts anticipate that it could be viable for about 100 years and it could be ready as early as 2017. Our New York accident lawyers hope that the design that is ultimately chosen is one that promotes safety and helps reduce the number of accidents as people travel over the Hudson.

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