Entire New Tappan Zee Bridge Ready for Opening Very Soon
The second span of the Tappan Zee Bridge is set for a September opening according to the Putnam Daily Voice.
The Tappan Zee is a new 3.1-mile state-of-the-art twin span bridge across the Hudson River which connects Westchester and Rockland counties. What did it take to build this $3.98 billion dollar bridge?
- 14 miles of main span cables
- 50 miles of foundation pilings
- 300,000 cubic yards of concrete
- 220 million pounds of steel
Come September, traffic heading towards Westchester will move over to the new unopened span. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said:
"The new bridge will improve traffic flow and maximize the economic potential of the region, and is a symbol of New York's ability to accomplish big things for the people of this state."
Once the bridge is finished, it will carry up to 140,000 vehicles each day. Since October 2013, it's taken 7,000 workers more than 9 million hours to build this amazing bridge over the Hudson River.
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