Visual Quality Panel

A sixteen-member team of volunteers – most from Rockland and Westchester counties – who participate in design decisions for New NY Bridge features such as bridge towers, the shared-use path for pedestrians and bicyclists, the six belvederes or scenic overlooks, general landscaping, gateways, bridge lighting and historical and cultural installations.

Most of the Visual Quality Panel (VQP) members are involved in the arts, architecture, planning and historic preservation. The panel is chaired by Senior Advisor Peter Harckham, and managed by representatives from the Thruway Authority and design-builder Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC. The 13 remaining members are volunteer community representatives, who speak for local residents throughout the design process.

The project team consulted with the VQP for the six belvederes on the shared-use path on the northern span of the new bridge. Each belvedere features a unique theme, custom-designed seating, a shade structure, a comfort barrier and interpretive panels.

After reviewing hundreds of comments from the public regarding the design of the new NY Bridge’s iconic main-span towers, the VQP recommended the sleek, chamfered design.