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Why is it Taking So Long to Replace the Tappan Zee?

The Tappan Zee Bridge, which crosses the Hudson, is falling apart at the seams. So why is it taking so long to repair?

Galinas explains that the bridge is highly used, and in an advancing state of disrepair. So why is it taking so long for anyone to do anything about it?

Galinas writes:

"New York State, after more than a decade of halfhearted attempts to start building a replacement, remains at least another decade away from finishing a new bridge-in fact, a half-decade away from even beginning the project. This failure reflects a lack of political will, a weakness that threatens the Empire State's capacity to grow."

She explains that the Tappan Zee "...was one of the last bridges to arise under a vanished American way of doing things: build stuff first, ask questions later."

"No governor today could build a massive public-works project with so little public input."

Full Story: The Tappan Zee is Falling Down

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Irvin Dawid's picture
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Auto-oriented growth is what it should be called

Referring to the inability to replace the bridge as "a weakness that threatens the Empire State’s capacity to grow."

The bridge connects two suburban counties north or NYC - haven't we seen this scenario before?

All this highway infrastructure does is enable the motorist to get in and out of the city more quickly, without having to leave one's car.

Shouldn't government promote 'smarter' mobility solutions?
Irvin Dawid, Palo Alto, CA

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