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Interstate 87 Underpass Crumbles

Daniel Moriarty, Contributor

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The location of the Underpass in Central Nyack, NY.

CENTRAL NYACK, NY (Rockland County)-Around 2:45 p.m. on Dr. Martin Luther King Day, in Nyack, an Interstate 87 marker Underpass was reported to crumble.  The overpass, which runs over NY Route New York State Route 59 marker, hasn’t been updated since the commencement of construction on the Eisenhower Interstate System in the early 1960’s.  The underpass is in dire need of repair, because of it’s close location to the Tappan Zee Bridge, a collapse would spell disaster for Nyack and Central Nyack. The only link between Nyack and Central Nyack is NY Route New York State Route 59 marker , via this underpass.  If collapsed, it would be near impossible to find a way to cross the Tappan Zee Bridge, meanwhile South Nyack would be flooded with Interstate Traffic on Side Streets, where the only way around the mess would be through Piermont or Congers.  Thankfully, NY Route New York State Route 59 marker Westbound was only closed for an hour.  This just continues to show the need for new infrastructure, because a larger crumble of this underpass could spell disaster for communities all around the Nyack area.  The road reopened shortly after 4 p.m. after a little more than two hours of closure.

Works Cited:

Route 59 Shield

Interstate 87 Shield

Central Nyack Map

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Interstate 87 Underpass Crumbles