Eastbound Traffic to be Shifted to New Span in Overnight Operation Beginning Friday
Governor Announces State-of-the-Art Commuter Bus Service Between Rockland and Westchester Set to Begin October 29
Competition to Commission Two Sculptures By New York State Artists for the New Bridge - Artists Will Have Access to Remnant Steel From Retired Tappan Zee Bridge
New Crossing Is First Twin-Span Cable-Stayed Bridge Across the Hudson River
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the second span of the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge will open this Saturday, September 8, 2018, weather permitting. Four lanes of eastbound-bound traffic will be moved onto the 3.1-mile cable-stayed span during an overnight operation beginning Friday. The Governor also announced that Hudson Link, the newly enhanced commuter bus service between Rockland and Westchester counties, will begin October 29 along the I-287 corridor and the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge.
"The Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge embodies New York's greatness and shows the world that we're capable of dreaming big and delivering results for the people of this state," Governor Cuomo said. "This iconic, state-of-the-art twin-span structure will improve traffic flow, support the region's economy, and is part of New York's aggressive $100 billion infrastructure plan to sustain growth for generations."
"The new Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge is a testament to New York's world-renowned history of ambitious building projects," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "The new bridge is helping to reduce traffic and make transportation easier for New Yorkers. The project will continue to boost the area economy and is a big step forward for our state inventory of advanced infrastructure projects."
Since last year's initial traffic shift, where all New York State Thruway (I-87/I-287) traffic was temporarily shifted from the Tappan Zee Bridge onto the new bridge's westbound span, design-builder Tappan Zee Constructors (TZC) has been dismantling the old bridge while also constructing the eastbound span.
Governor Cuomo toured the eastbound span this afternoon with New York State Thruway Authority Acting Executive Director Matthew J. Driscoll and New NY Bridge Project Director Jamey Barbas. They updated the Governor on finishing touches being made to the new span and the on-going dismantling of the Tappan Zee Bridge.
Once the second span is open, eastbound motorists will have access to four general traffic lanes and emergency shoulders. A dedicated bus lane will open this fall for eastbound traffic. The fully completed project will include shoulders and dedicated bus lanes in each direction, and a bicycle and walking path. Newly released renderings of the path can be viewed here.
Hudson Link Service
Beginning October 29, this enhanced service will take commuters to Metro-North rail stations in both Tarrytown and White Plains, Westchester County. The Hudson Link will feature 19 new bus shelters equipped with off-board fare payment machines to speed service and new pedestrian safety improvements - crosswalks, signals and ramps - at 13 intersections. Twenty intersections will receive upgrades to Intelligent Transportation System elements, such as new traffic signals.
The service includes cutting-edge traffic management technology that utilizes real-time information to help ease congestion. The Integrated Corridor Management technology features sensors that collect traffic and transit data to assist routing and give the buses travel priority at some intersections that have traffic signals. This technology makes the new transit service one of most advanced in the nation.
The Hudson Link will feature new, 45-foot long buses that are being manufactured by Prevost in Plattsburgh, Clinton County. Passenger amenities on the buses will include wireless network service, USB charging stations and bike racks. The buses will be equipped with LED panels to provide passengers with real-time travel information.
New Bus Routes
The State Department of Transportation conducted extensive public outreach to inform plans for the new bus service. Express bus service from Rockland County will include routes to both the Tarrytown and White Plains Metro North Stations in Westchester County.
The new transit service will feature four routes with new and upgraded bus stops, providing frequent, convenient connections between major employment, residential, medical, and entertainment centers. These routes include:
- Suffern, Rockland County, to Palisades Center, Rockland County;
- Monsey, Rockland County, to White Plains, Westchester County;
- Palisades Center to White Plains; and
- Palisades Center to Tarrytown.
Schedules and routing are still being developed. The new service will offer multiple payment options, including cash, credit/debit, tickets, and a new mobile application. The new service also will enhance connectivity, making transfers to other local bus services as seamless as possible. Most bus stops will be located adjacent to or within a block of Bee-Line or Transport of Rockland stops.
Sculpture Competition For Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge
Governor Cuomo also announced that a competition will be held to commission two iconic sculptures by New York State artists for the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge. Remnant steel salvaged from the retired Tappan Zee Bridge will be made available to the two winning artists to incorporate into their sculptures.
Artists will be selected this year through a competitive multi-stage panel review process administered by ArtsWestchester and the Arts Council of Rockland. The sculptures will be placed on designated New York State Thruway Authority-owned land on the Tarrytown (Westchester County) and South Nyack (Rockland County) sides of the bridge's dedicated bicycle and walking path in 2019.
Further details about the competition will be provided at a later date.
Thruway Authority Acting Executive Director Matthew J. Driscoll said, "The public arts competition provides a unique opportunity for New York State artists, whether it's by honoring the Hudson Valley's natural beauty, the region's rich heritage or the remarkable engineering of the new bridge. The Thruway Authority is delighted to make space available at the Rockland and Westchester landings of the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge for the future artworks to be displayed and to showcase their creativity."
New NY Bridge Project Director Jamey Barbas said, "We are committed to improving the quality of life for local residents and communities, and the arts are central to that. This grant will further enhance the public spaces of the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge and we are delighted to be able to support such a worthwhile endeavor."
ArtsWestchester CEO Janet T. Langsam said, "Public art, like the bridge, is exciting, engaging and inspirational. It helps create a special sense of connection to place. The fact that Governor Cuomo, the New York State Thruway Authority and Tappan Zee Constructors have decided to incorporate original artists work into the opening of the new bridge is truly extraordinary."
The Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge is the first cable-stayed bridge across the Hudson River. Featuring eight 419-foot towers standing at a five-degree angle, the twin-span bridge has a total of 192 stay cables that would stretch 14 miles if laid end-to-end. A cable-stayed bridge uses steel cables placed at an angle to connect the bridge deck to vertical towers that extend high above the roadway.
More than 220 million pounds of all-American steel was used to build the bridge. Approximately 7,000 workers have contributed to date and nearly 11.5 million work hours have been dedicated to the project.
Designed to last 100 years without needing major maintenance, the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge is one of the biggest active bridge projects in the nation and the largest in the history of the New York State Thruway Authority. The project has been recognized across the nation, including by former President Barack Obama, who put it at the top of his list of critical infrastructure priority projects.
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