Futuristic Plan for NY Includes LED Bridge Lighting in Color

NEW YORK (AP) -
In this artist rendering provided by the office of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, cars approach a fully-automated toll system at the entrance to New York's Queens-Midtown Tunnel in Manhattan. (NY Governor's Office via AP)
In this artist rendering provided by the office of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, cars approach a fully-automated toll system at the entrance to New York’s Queens-Midtown Tunnel in Manhattan. (NY Governor’s Office via AP)

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has unveiled a futuristic plan for New York City that includes color LED illumination of bridges, completely automated toll booths and driver facial recognition cameras for tighter security.

The governor presented what he calls his “New York Crossings Project” on Wednesday at the New York Historical Society in Manhattan.

In this artist rendering provided by the office of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, vehicles drive through New York's Queens-Midtown Tunnel tiled with blue and gold - the colors of the Empire State. (NY Governor's Office via AP)
In this artist rendering provided by the office of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, vehicles drive through New York’s Queens-Midtown Tunnel tiled with blue and gold – the colors of the Empire State. (NY Governor’s Office via AP)

Also, hundreds of additional members of the National Guard are to be stationed at entrances and exits of bridges and tunnels leading to the city. Cuomo said recent terrorist explosions in New York and New Jersey have renewed the need to bolster such emergency measures.

Special heavy-duty trucks will be at the ready to barricade access to the crossings in emergencies.

The LED illumination work on about half a dozen bridges is to begin in January.