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Update June 18, 2013- By Steven Greer
The BPCA met today. The West Thames bridge was downplayed once again by the BPCA, with Chairman Mehiel only saying, “Nothing new to report….we’ll see how that goes”
May 24, 2013– By Steven E. Greer
At the May 23rd meeting the BPCA board, Chairman Dennis Mehiel seemed to indicate that the West Thames pedestrian bridge (AKA Speaker Sheldon Silver’s Bridge), was not advancing in development. He said, “The project has been downgraded to a design project, (with the BPCA) giving $2 Million…it is going a bit slowly now…sorting through the details of (financial) risk.”
Recall, in a previous BPCA meeting, representatives from the Mayor’s office gave very sketchy architectural plans, which were based in guesswork more than actual planning. The city also wanted the BPCA to be responsible for the inevitable cost overruns.
The primary champion of using untapped LMDC money to build the $30 Million bridge to nowhere has been Speaker Sheldon Silver. Recently, Mr. Silver has suffered high-profile setbacks related to sex scandals, prompting The New York Times to issue an Op-Ed calling for him to resign, all of which has consumed some of his political clout.
Meanwhile, at the same BPCA meeting, a resolution was passed for the BPCA to pay $2.9 Million to pay for approximately two-thirds of the cost of the damaged Liberty Street bridge that leads from the WFC to the WTC and 9/11 Memorial (photo above). note the large difference in costs of the two bridges (i.e. $30 v $4 Million). Moreover, the temporary Rector Street bridge cost in the range of $3 Million.
However, we cannot confirm those estimates. If anyone has better figures for those bridges costs, please post a comment.