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New NY Bridge opens

The official opening has taken place of the second of the twin structures making up the US$3.8bn New NY Bridge – now called the Governor Mario M Cuomo Bridge.

The ceremony to open the eastbound structure was held on Friday, headed by the New York Governor Andrew Cuomo – the bridge is named after his father. The westbound structure opened in August 2017.

New NY Bridge project director Jamey Barbas said: “For the second time, we are opening a new span on the beautiful Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge. Motorists will benefit from its wider lanes, emergency shoulders and dedicated bus lanes, followed by a path for cyclists and pedestrians. On behalf of all the hard-working men and women who worked on this project, I thank Governor Cuomo for investing in the future by modernizing our infrastructure.”

The 3.1-mile cable-stayed crossing of the Hudson River has eight 419-foot towers.

It has been built to replace the Tappan Zee Bridge, which stands alongside and is now being demolished. Concerns about the stability of the original structure delayed the original plan for the new crossing to open to traffic soon after Friday’s ceremony. It is now set to open on 11 September.

The project is one of the largest in the United States and the biggest in the history of the New York State Thruway Authority.  

The design-build contract has been carried out by Tappan Zee Constructors, made up of Fluor, American Bridge, Traylor Bros and Granite with designers HDR, Buckland & Taylor, URS and GZA.

Tappan Zee Constructors president and project executive Terry Towle said: “Opening the eastbound span to traffic is a major milestone for our project. Over the last five years, our team of designers and builders has made exceptional progress on one of the largest construction projects in the country. We have a tremendous team working to build an iconic bridge that will serve this community for generations.”


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This article was published on 10 Sep 2018 (last updated on 10 Sep 2018).

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