Environmental Group Riverkeeper Objects To New Tappan Zee Bridge Plan

April 2, 2012 12:00 AM

Environmental Group Riverkeeper Objects To New Tappan Zee Bridge Plan
" WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) – The environmental group Riverkeeper is asking New York State to reconsider its plan for a new Tappan Zee Bridge.

Riverkeeper says the bridge would damage the Hudson River’s ecosystem. It also says the bridge will be immediately obsolete because it will not include mass transit.

The new Tappan Zee would be two spans replacing the aging, overcrowded bridge. Officials have said the $5.2 billion bridge will be built in a way so that mass transit could be added in the future.

But Riverkeeper says the state should look again at the mass transit possibilities. It also wants the state to consider alternatives it has already dismissed. Those include rehabilitating the current bridge or building a tunnel instead of a bridge.

Commenting on the project’s tentative environmental review, Riverkeeper President Paul Gallay said the state had dismissed several options without sufficient public comment.

“They threw them all out except one and said, ‘You’re getting this bridge and you’ll like it,”’ Gallay said.

Riverkeeper noted that the state was already doing tests in the riverbed before the commenting period had expired "

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