Dec 5 Three highly distinctive designs for a new
Tappan Zee Bridge spanning the Hudson River in New York were
unveiled on Wednesday, ranging from designs that resemble two
pairs of tuning forks, a regatta, and a cream-colored version of
San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge.
The New York State Thruway Authority unveiled the proposals
for a new bridge connecting Westchester and Rockland counties
north of New York City to replace the existing Tappan Zee, which
was built in the 1950s and is now in poor condition.
Proposal 1, which looks like side-by-side tuning forks, is
the least costly at $3.1 billion and earned the endorsement of a
selection committee making recommendations to the Thruway
Authority Board, which is to choose a design on Dec. 17.
"Best looking and most cost-effective," said New York
Governor Andrew Cuomo, describing Proposal 1 at a cabinet
meeting on Wednesday.
The selection committee's endorsement was based on price,
bridge lifespan, construction schedule and environmental
effects, according to Brian Conybeare, a special adviser for the
Proposal 2, which looks a bit like the Golden Gate, has an
estimated cost of $3.990 billion, and Proposal 3, which
resembles a crowd of sail boats racing in one of the regattas
often seen on the Hudson, is estimated at $4.059 billion.
Proposal 1 also has the shortest construction time frame, at
just over five years, meaning the new bridge could be completed
With any of the three options, there would be $600 million
to $800 million in additional costs related to project finance,
management, oversight, contingencies and aesthetic improvements,
In the hopes of insuring the massive transportation link
reflects the beauty of the Hudson River Valley, Cuomo in
September named a team of six artists to advise the selection
team, including sculptor Jeffrey Koons and Metropolitan Museum
of Art director Thomas Campbell, a tapestries expert.
The names of the design firms that created each proposal
were not released by the state.