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Tappan Zee Bridge, General Motors Cleanup Comments Due

Update: The Department of Environmental Conservation announced Wednesday that the deadline for public comments on the General Motors cleanup has been extended to April 29.

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. – Comments on the plans for the new Tappan Zee Bridge and the General Motors cleanup must be submitted to the state by Friday, March 30.

P lans for the new Tappan Zee Bridge include twin spans that would sit about 300 feet north of the existing bridge. Construction plans for the Westchester side include setting up a staging area where the bridge maintenance building and state police barracks sit, along with another staging area out in the Hudson River.

Both bridge spans would include four lanes of traffic, dedicated shoulders and areas for emergency services. A pedestrian and bicycle pathway would be included on the north span. A mass-transit system, whether bus or rail, is not included in the plans, although state officials say the new bridge must be able to support mass transit in the future.

Comments on the bridge plans can be submitted via email to tzbsite@dot.state.ny.us , by fax at 845-454-7443 or by mail to Michael P. Anderson, Project Director, New York State Department of Transportation, 4 Burnett Blvd., Poughkeepsie, NY 12603.

Plans for the General Motors cleanup include adding two feet of cover soil in places where grasses and plants are desired. Slabs and pavement will be used to prevent contact with contaminated soil. A site maintenance plan will stipulate that future building designs incorporate measures to mitigate potential gasses or vapors from entering indoor spaces.

The cleanup also includes plans to dredge about 4,400 cubic yards of the Hudson River about 150 feet north and south of an existing stormwater outfall. Dredging will take place as deep as 10 to 17.5 feet below the mean sea level.

Comments can be sent to Project Manager Jason Pelton at jmpelton@gw.dec.state.ny.us or Jason Pelton, NYSEC project manager, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Environmental Remediation, 12th Floor, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-7017.

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