Monday, October 17, 2011

Salvaging the Tappan Zee studies

I've had a lot of criticism for the way the New York State Department of Transportation has led the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement project up to now, but one thing they deserve credit for is a decent website. There were tons of useful studies done, generating hundreds of pages of documentation. All that information was posted to the "TZB Site." Without it, I would have been dependent on secondhand reports from newspapers and blogs. I don't have time to go to all these meetings upstate.

Well, now Governor Cuomo has turned the project over to the Federal Highway Administration. They immediately took down all the documents and put up a completely new site with three whole documents.

All that information? You don't need it. Why would you? This is a new project. All the person-hours of research that went into those reports? All the money - your tax money - that paid for the research? Down the drain.

Of course, I feel that most of the information presented there was still relevant, and I intend to continue using it. Some of the files, particularly the HTML, is available through the Wayback Machine. Other stuff may be in the Google Cache still. Unfortunately, most of the information was in PDFs and images. I had a bunch saved to my hard drive, and I'll put them up as I need them. For example, today I uploaded the Preliminary Financial Studies Phase I Report. If I find other documents on my hard drive I'll put them up. If you have some of these documents, please post them and I'll link to them, or send them to me and I'll post them.

3 comments:

Steven Vance said...

Ah, the Ministry of Truth strikes again!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ministry_of_Truth

Ian Turner said...

This is why it is important to use webcitation.org on anything you might need to refer to later in its uncharged form.

Rob B. said...

I know this is a minor point, but maybe you can answer it. During the discussions of the old alternatives, there was an idea to build a pedestrian/bike bridge to connect Old Croton Aqueduct trail. The trail was cutoff by the building of I-287. Do you know where I can find out whether this bridge is in the new scope?