The Tappan Zee Bridge project got off to a rocky start last week when neighbors filed their first noise complaints, but it now appears that those early disputes have been worked out.
Residents on Tappan Landing Road in Tarrytown — just a stone’s throw from where project crew are pile driving for a temporary work platform in the river — have complained about noise. They have also asked for an environmental monitoring device to track noise and vibration levels.
Brian Conybeare, the state’s community liaison, told The Journal News Monday that a shroud has been placed on the pile driver and the project team is working to find a location for the additional environmental monitor.
Tom Basher, Tarrytown’s deputy mayor and a Tappan Landing resident, said the project team has quickly responded to complaints. For example, since neighbors complained that crews made a lot of noise as they positioned equipment before the official 7 a.m. start time, the site has been quieter, he said.
“Things are not that bad,” he told The Journal News. “Right now it’s minor issues.”
The project team plans is also busy with plans to finally install environmental monitoring devices in Rockland. Conybeare said the team is set to install one device at Salisbury Point in South Nyack. Last week, residents at the co-op complex complained that about the lights from the work barges at night.
(Fred Gross stands May 15, 2013 on the deck of his Tappan Landing Road home in Tarrytown that overlooks a construction barge that is doing preliminary work for the new Tappan Zee bridge. He says the construction noise is much louder than he and his neighbors anticipated. ( Joe Larese/The Journal News )