How Do You Solve a Problem Like the Verrazano? With an Extra Z

The true difficulty may not be so much cost as past practice. Since its opening in 1964, the bridge has become a fixture of the city’s literature, and the paper trail left by that lone, controversial Z is long. One of New York’s most venerated writers, Gay Talese, wrote an entire book about the bridge,…

Putin Opens Bridge to Crimea, Cementing Russia’s Hold on Neighbor

MOSCOW — President Vladimir V. Putin climbed aboard a large orange construction truck on Monday and drove it across a new 12-mile bridge to Crimea, inaugurating his latest megaproject and tightening Moscow’s claim to the disputed territory. The bridge, finished six months ahead of schedule, established a land link from Russia to the Crimean peninsula,…

Making a New York City River More Inviting to Cross, by Foot and Bike

“New York City is a city of islands, so crossing rivers and bodies of water is one of the major transportation challenges,” said the city’s transportation commissioner, Polly Trottenberg. “The rivers are physical barriers between boroughs and communities, and the bridges are vital connections. They should be accessible to all.” The focus on the Harlem…

Old Tappan Zee Bridge Gets New Life as Artificial Reef

The Tappan Zee, which opened in 1955, was once a vital crossing just north of New York City, carrying nearly 140,000 vehicles a day at its peak. But eventually the bridge began showing its age, though efforts to replace it dragged on for decades. Finally, Mr. Cuomo stepped in with a nearly $4 billion project…

‘Outrageous’ $17 Toll to Cross the Verrazano Vexes Drivers

Meanwhile, it costs nothing to take the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges across the East River to Manhattan. “There is no rhyme or reason to the tolls that people pay,” Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said when he addressed the issue in January by calling for “lowering the outer-borough tolls, which are crazy high” as part…

Trump Heralds a New Trade Deal, Then Says He Might Delay It

But Mr. Trump’s comments seemed to undercut a weeklong White House effort to promote the agreement. And they were in keeping with the at-times confusing tone of Mr. Trump’s speech at a muddy-floored training center for union workers here in this Cleveland suburb: His appearance was billed as an attempt to promote his infrastructure plan,…

Bridge Collapse Saps Spirits and Research Efforts at Florida International University

“We are the pride and joy of the Cuban community,” said Modesto A. Maidique, a former university president. But the student body has also diversified, and enrollment has grown to more than 50,000 from 15,000 three decades ago. Despite opposition from competing schools, the university used its tight relationships with politicians to elevate its athletic…

Engineer of Florida Bridge Reported Cracks Days Before Collapse

Advertisement MIAMI — An engineer reported cracks on a newly installed pedestrian bridge two days before it collapsed on a busy roadway here, killing at least six people, state officials said on Friday. The report, by the lead engineer with the company in charge of the bridge’s design, was made in a voice mail message…

Death Toll Rises to at Least Six in South Florida Bridge Collapse

Photo A pedestrian bridge at Florida International University in Miami crushed several cars when it fell onto a road on Thursday. Credit DroneBase, via Associated Press MIAMI — At least six people were killed when a pedestrian bridge in South Florida collapsed on Thursday in a pile of metal, concrete and dust, the authorities said…

Trump’s Infrastructure Plan May Ignore Climate Change. It Could Be Costly.

A White House spokeswoman, who asked to remain anonymous because the plan was not yet public, declined to discuss whether climate change reports were considered in the preparation of Mr. Trump’s blueprint. “The president’s team spent almost a full year formulating his infrastructure plan and all relevant scientific data was considered,” she said in an…

Now the Real Work Begins on a Manhattan Congestion Plan

Mr. Cuomo has not said when he expects to present his own congestion plan. At least part of it is expected to be in the state budget, which has an April 1 deadline. “I will discuss the alternatives with the legislature over the next several months,” Mr. Cuomo said in his statement. Continue reading the…

In Shift, Mayor Voices Openness to Congestion Pricing

Photo Mayor Bill de Blasio, in a shift, expressed openness on Friday to a congestion pricing plan proposed by a task force appointed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. Credit Jeenah Moon for The New York Times Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday voiced a cautious openness to a new proposal to charge drivers entering the…

Boris Johnson Suggests Building a Bridge From U.K. to France

«We will build a bridge to France! Building bridges, yes. A bridge to Ireland, bridges to, to, to Madison County, a bridge over the river Kwai, a Fifth Bridge, a Sixth Bridge, a Bridge to Terabithia, a Jeff Bridges, a, a, a, a Brigit Jones Diary. Glorious. Yes.» #BorisBridge Boris Johnson: ‘we’re going to build…

Modern Love: The Bike That Saved My Life

I raced into the bathroom and threw up. A week later he said he wasn’t going to be moving into the house after all. Instead, he proposed I move in alone and we take a three-month break from our marriage. He would use that time to gather his thoughts and decide when and if he…

Driving a Car in Manhattan Could Cost $11.52 Under Congestion Plan

Most of the plan would require the approval of the state legislature, which is expected to receive it on Friday. In announcing his support last summer for congestion pricing, Mr. Cuomo said the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the region’s umbrella transit agency, needs a new, reliable source of funds. Depending on how the prices are structured,…

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