High-profile infrastructure projects and transportation advancements have had a significant impact on the economic development and growth of New York State. Tappan Zee Bridge and the Erie Canal are two examples of major infrastructure megaprojects that have transformed NYS into a major economic and industrial hub:
– The canal caused a population surge in western NYS. “Erie Canal ensured the status of NYC as America’s premiere seaport, commercial center and gateway to the interior. It helped New York become the ‘Empire State’ – the leader in population, industry, and economic strength”
– The Tappan Zee Bridge and NY Thruway have made Westchester County become a major transportation hub linking NYC and the New England Area. (The Tappan Zee Bridge: Where Do We Go from Here? By Robert T. Hintersteiner).