Sen. Carlucci probes alleged lack of illumination, safety sign problems on Mario Cuomo BridgePosted: Updated:
The Mario Cuomo Bridge hasn't been illuminated by decorative lighting for months, and now some local lawmakers say something is wrong with the safety signs on the brand-new span as well.
State Sen. David Carlucci says he's already contacted the Thruway Authority several times. First, to ask why the decorative lights that line the new span have been dark for months, and second because the safety signs aren't working.
“You build one of the largest infrastructure projects in the nation, but you can't get the lights on? What's going on?” he asks.
Drivers say they are also frustrated by the lack of illuminated lane indicators.
The Thruway Authority says, “While work continues on the bicycle and pedestrian path, the bridge remains an active construction zone. Once the path opens and the bridge is in its final configuration, the lane indicator lights will be utilized."
Carlucci says the problem isn't limited to lane signs.
“We've seen situations where one side of the bridge says 45 mph, the other side says 35 mph at the same time. It's not working. This is something that should be fixed immediately,” says Carlucci.
As for the decorative lights on the bridge, the Thruway Authority says the construction company that built the new span is responsible for their operation and that Tappan Zee Constructors is currently testing new systems.
The Thruway Authority maintains that all digitalized speed limit signs do work, along with its variable message signs that alert drivers to weather and speed conditions.