Why are we renaming bridges?


To the editor:

(re: “Final cost for Tappan Zee,” May 13)

I have been bothered by the name change from the Tappan Zee to Mario Cuomo since it happened. Can somebody please explain how bridges get authorization to change names, such as the disaster of the perfectly named Triborough Bridge to the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge?

What is the cost incurred in creating new signage, and which authority signs off on it?

It certainly does not seem to require that of public opinion.

Perhaps the author of this letter could shed some light?

Moira Carroll

EDITOR’S NOTE: Bridge renamings such as those for the Tappan Zee and Triborough are passed by the state legislature and signed by the governor.

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Moira Carroll,