Ghastly Bridge, Hopeless Rail Plan Leave New York Cheated

Ghastly Bridge, Hopeless Rail Plan Leave New York Cheated

An aerial rendering of the replacement for the Tappan Zee bridge designed by a consortium, Tappan Zee Constructors. The bridge in this view curves from the Westchester County side, rising to a cable-stayed span over the shipping channel. The towers rise to 400 feet.
// Tappan Zee Constructors LLC/HDR Engineering LLC via Bloomberg

Renderings by Tappan Zee Constructors LLC, the team selected to design and build the bridge at a cost of $4 billion, show a structure crowned by 400-foot-high towers that look like insect antennae waving aimlessly in the wind.
Four pairs of masts tilt outward, from which cables splay to support the road deck. The towers are intended to form an iconic image, but they are just stumpy.

This is a site that deserves the magnificence of the Golden Gate Bridge.

The 3-mile span, a replacement for the existing, decrepit Tappan Zee Bridge, will link the suburban New York counties of Westchester and Rockland. Its curving approaches could have drawn a long elegant line above the water. Instead a hefty bridge deck is interrupted at awkward intervals by flabby piers and heavy crossbeams with knobby ends. No design intelligence whatever has been applied.

Downriver in Manhattan, four architect teams unveiled concepts on May 29 intended to jump-start the project of replacing New York’s Penn Station, a nightmare of filth, confusion, gloom and overcrowding. Daunting political, technical and financial complexities have long stalled the project.

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