The Tappan Zee Bridge opened in 1955. For nearly 60 years the bridge has carried passengers and commerce across the Hudson River at one of its widest points, connecting upstate New York with New York City and New England.
Work is now underway to construct the New Tappan Zee Bridge (TZB) — officially named the Governor Mario Cuomo Bridge. The new bridge will be over 3 miles long and will be the widest bridge in the world by some measurements. Read more about the project and the bridge’s history, and view a gallery of historical photos online at the New York Times: “A Colossal Bridge Will Rise Across the Hudson,” by Joseph Berger, January 19, 2014.
To mark the opening of the first span in August 2017, the official New NY Bridge team put together a video with some behind-the-scenes commentary about the construction process. (LoHud also has a superb time-lapse video.)
The new bridge isn’t scheduled to be fully open until 2018, but the first span (westbound) opens in August 2017. The massive “super crane”, known as the Left Coast Lifter and now called I Lift NY, has been lifting girders and concrete as the roadway takes shape. Where’s the best view of all the action? Nyack, of course! The viewing platform in Nyack’s Memorial Park to be specific, perfectly situated on the banks of the Hudson River.
The New NY Bridge Project website has a vast gallery of photos and videos, including the photo to the left.