Wednesday marked the first day of New York’s campaign to promote the new Tappan Zee Bridge plan. Reporter Theresa Juva explains how to keep informed on the project:
The state announced this morning that as part of its effort to promote the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement, it has set up a phone number for resident complaints, created a new website, and will form two community outreach groups.
The blue ribbon-design panel will work with the community on evaluating the bridge’s design, while the New NY Bridge Community Action Team will hold public meetings and keep residents informed during construction.
In addition, the state has created a toll-free number —1-855-TZBridge —that people can call with questions or concerns. It has also launched a new website, www.newnybridge.com, where meeting announcements, project documents and construction alerts will be posted.
Along with the website, the state has a new Twitter feed, @NewNYBridge, and hashtag, #NewNYBridge, for the “New New York Bridge” project. Interested parties have been using the #TappanZee hashtag, but so have others not talking about the replacement project (such as motorists sharing a picture of the bridge while crossing at sunset or simply “checking in” to tell others where they are).
At this point we don’t know of a Facebook page for the project, but we will add it if one becomes available.
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Join Juva and reporter Khurram Saeed, along with Rockland Opinion Page Editor Nancy Cutler, in LoHud.com and The Journal News’ forum for continuing discussion on and throughout the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement project. Ask questions and post comments at http://www.lohud.com/tappanzeebridge.
Our editorial supports the state’s new effort toward openness, saying:
The officials pledged to hold scores more meetings, even around local residents’ kitchen tables, in a bid to exchange information, listen to concerns, and advance the project. The buzz of communication is evidence the officials are responding to criticism the process has been less than transparent.
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Khurram Saeed, staff writer
Theresa Juva, staff writer