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Artists, Lawmakers to Help Design New TZ Bridge

Gov. Andrew Cuomo assembles a passel of experts to guide new span.

A team of artists, architects, politicos and CEOs will play a significant role in designing the , Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday evening.

Some 44 individuals—some local, others international—will comprise the state's "review team," made up of a core selection committee and advisory members.

"For this project, we are creating a different kind of review team—it's a team that combines technical experts, architectural experts, local experts as well as artists to ensure the new bridge is the best choice and fit for the region," Cuomo said.

All team members will undergo "rigorous procurement training," Cuomo added, and will be evaluating issues like toll prices, traffic management, bridge lifespan and aesthetics.

After a period of research, the team will be able to recommend one of three bidders to the state; the Thruway Authority, however, has the final say when selecting a bidder to build the Hudson River crossing.

The team is subdivided into several categories, including legal, financial, community representative, construction, public outreach and environmental groups.

A handful of familiar faces sit on the team; Rockland County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef and South Nyack mayor Patricia DuBow both played a role.

"Rockland County is pleased that the Governor has invited us to be a key player in the review of the construction proposals for a new Tappan Zee Bridge," Vanderhoef said. "I have appointed my Commissioner of Planning and Public Transportation Tom Vanderbeek, who is a professional engineer, to be my representative on the selection committee."

"With Commissioner Vanderbeek's active and intense participation, the committee will be diligently reviewing, evaluating and discussing the construction proposals," Vanderhoef added.

Marquee names on the team include Jeffrey Koons, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Thomas P. Campbell, Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Keith Brownlie, an internationally acclaimed bridge designer.

marie lorenzini September 21, 2012 at 12:51 PM
I as a resident and as most everyone in the area appreciate the beauty of the Hudson River Valley and what it offers, I am concerned with team of artists, architects, politicos and CEOs who will play a significant role in designing the new, $5.2 billion Tappan Zee Bridge, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday evening...Some 44 individuals—some local, others international—will comprise the state's "review team," made up of a core selection committee and advisory members....would appreciate knowing the names and credentials, and most importantly, their relationship to the HRV....a ratio of HRV residents, users of the bridge, river community residents etc.....more explicitly, those to be effected by the "new bridge"......this comment is interesting "All team members will undergo "rigorous procurement training," Cuomo added, and will be evaluating issues like toll prices, traffic management, bridge lifespan and aesthetics".....I do not see where "aesthetics" covers the effect on the Westchester and Rocklant river communities and the overall safety of the corridor for all who use the corridor now and once the "new bridge" is dropped -shore to shore-......transparency...?
Harvey September 21, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Pleazzze! Some people would find problems to take issue with even if none existed Look,who better then some "LOCAL" and some international artists , CEO's (o k not politico's) would be better to asses what is realistic when it comes to construction of this thing. It's on its way and it is time to find fault with real problems like our congressmen and woman (on both sides of the isle) !
marie lorenzini September 21, 2012 at 08:52 PM
My comment had more to do with the "safety issues" which exist today and how Albany has seen it necessary to concern itself with only "the bridge" and not the obvious, present corridor safety issues.....and how they will be negativly effected by a new and larger bridge...sure a pretty one would be great, but I vote for safety over beauty, but both would be nice......

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