Tappan Zee Bridge Parking Issue Discussed

Residents of South Nyack are asking officials to redevelop a plan to demolish the Village Hall to make room for parking and bathrooms that would cater to visitors hoping to use the bike and pedestrian paths to be built on the New Tappan Zee Bridge. At a meeting Thursday night the idea was shared of using some of the 25 acres at Interchange 10, some residents stated that using the Interchange will solve the parking problem without intruding on the center of the village, especially since it is unknown how much parking will ultimately be needed to accommodate users of the paths. Special advisor to the Governor, Brian Conybeare stated that estimates have shown there will be about 30 to 35 cars on each side of the bridge at a time, though people have expressed fears that visitors will park on side streets. A three- member task force has been set up and is working with the state to ensure the chosen project works for everyone. One idea is to put in a 22- space parking lot and restrooms and demolish and relocate the Village Hall but keep the structure as restrooms and redesign the plan to accommodate 15 vehicles. The new bridge will be completed in 2018 and the paths will run alongside traffic, with six viewing sites for people to enjoy the scenery of the Hudson River.

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