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Thruway Authority introduces design team of the Tappan Zee Bridge

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People in the Hudson Valley got the chance to meet the design team responsible for the new Tappan Zee Bridge. The Thruway Authority held a community meeting about the plan in Tarrytown. John Wagner has more.

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. -- People in the Hudson Valley met the design team responsible for the New Tappan Zee Bridge.

The Thruway Authority is holding a number of community meetings about the billion dollar construction project that's expected to begin early this year. This is the first time people in Westchester and Rockland counties got a chance to see artist renderings and videos of what the new bridge will look like.

At the meeting, the Thruway Authority announced the bridge will be built just 200 feet north of the old Tappan Zee Bridge and will use current landings in Westchester and Rockland counties.

People who live along this area on the Hudson say they're glad to get more information.

“There's been transparency in terms of building the bridge, right, but not how they're going to build the bridge and what the impact’s going to be and that's the piece that, for my neighborhood, has always been a big question mark,” said Tarrytown resident Janice Hort.

“I don't care how fast they do it, whether they do it fast or do it slow, all I know as a selfish homeowner, is my property is being devalued and no one’s being transparent with me about what they're going to do for me,” Tarrytown resident Judy Hadjandreas.

Community outreach centers will be open seven days a week in Tarrytown and Nyack to answer any questions people might have about the project.

Construction on the span will take place over the next five years and will cost almost $4 billion to complete.

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