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For immediate release: February 15, 2013
Contact: Dan Weiller (518) 471-5300

THRUWAY AUTHORITY ANNOUNCES VISUAL QUALITY PANEL FOR NEW NY BRIDGE

New York State Thruway Authority Board Chairman Howard P. Milstein has announced the 16 members of the Visual Quality Panel (VQP) to add new aesthetic improvements and ensure the local community has input in the appearance of the New NY Bridge.

The VQP will provide aesthetic guidance and support to the Tappan Zee Constructors team by providing input on the design of the shared use path, belvederes, landscaping, art, historic/cultural installations, and lighting. Additionally, the VQP will help ensure that public concerns about aesthetics are considered in the ongoing development of the design.

The panel will consist of one chair appointed by the Thruway Authority, a visual quality manager from the design-build team and from the Authority, and 13 public representatives.

The members of the VQP are:

"Along with expanding mass transit, a central goal of this project is to give the people of Westchester and Rockland Counties, as well as the entire Hudson Valley, a bridge they can be proud of," said Thruway Authority Chairman Howard P. Milstein. "The Visual Quality Panel will give the public a direct line to the design team. Their recommendations will help us make informed decisions about what options on the bridge are best for the surrounding communities."

The VQP will begin meeting on a regular basis this month.

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Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor

New York State
Thruway Authority

Federal Highway
Administration

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