Tappan Zee Bridge

bridge in New York

The Tappan Zee Bridge is a bridge in lower New York. It is three miles long. It goes across the Hudson River. It connects Westchester and Rockland Counties. The bridge opened in 1955. It took traffic from other bridges and ferries in the area. The bridge is about 25 miles north of New York City. The city can be seen from the bridge on a clear day. The bridge carries seven lanes of the New York State Thruway.

Governor Malcolm Wilson Tappan Zee Bridge
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The Tappan Zee Bridge as seen from Tarrytown, 2007
Coordinates41°04′12″N 73°53′28″W / 41.07000°N 73.89111°W / 41.07000; -73.89111Coordinates: 41°04′12″N 73°53′28″W / 41.07000°N 73.89111°W / 41.07000; -73.89111
Carries7 lanes (3 northbound/westbound, 3 southbound/eastbound, 1 reversible) of I-87 / I-287 / New York Thruway
CrossesHudson River
LocaleConnecting Grand View-on-Hudson, Rockland County, New York and Tarrytown, Westchester County, New York in the Lower Hudson Valley
Official nameGovernor Malcolm Wilson Tappan Zee Bridge
Maintained byNew York State Thruway Authority
Characteristics
DesignCantilever bridge
Total length16,013 feet (4,881 m; 3 mi)
Width90 feet (27 m)
Longest span1,212 feet (369 m)
Clearance below138 feet (42 m)
History
OpenedDecember 14, 1955
Destroyed
  • January 15, 2019 (eastern span)
  • May 12, 2019 (western span)
ClosedOctober 6, 2017
Replaced byMario M. Cuomo Bridge
Statistics
Daily traffic134,947 (2010)[1]

The bridge is named for a Native American tribe from the area called the "Tappan". Zee is the Dutch word for "sea", as the bridge crosses water.

At the beginning of the 21st century the bridge was old and too small for the traffic. People in the region argued for years for a new bridge, which replaced the old one in 2017.

Construction of new bridgeEdit

In 2013, the New York State Thruway Authority began building the New Tappan Zee Bridge. It will be a double-span bridge (four lanes per span in opposite directions) with designated bus lanes. The new bridge is planned to be ready to open in 2018.[2]

An October 14, 2012, Newsday article reports the Tappan Zee Bridge has been referred to as the Golden Gate Bridge of the East because of many suicide jumpers. The article says "The new Tappan Zee, which is in the works, will include fencing designed to thwart jumpers."[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "2010 Traffic Data Report for New York State" (PDF). New York State Department of Transportation. Appendix C. Retrieved February 27, 2010.
  2. Official New Tappan Zee Bridge Project Site
  3. TIMOTHY O'CONNOR (14 October 2012). "High anxiety: Trooper fights fear to save would-be Tappan Zee jumpers". Newsday. Retrieved 16 October 2012.
 
The superstructure was constructed during a period of material shortages during the Korean War.