This photo is not meant to be the least bit artistic. I promised myself that I would take updated photos of the progress being made on the construction of the new Tappan Zee Bridge and it had been a while since I had obtained a photo of interest. The landscape is now forever changed as the building platforms take their place around the old bridge. The new bridge will offer a very different vista than that of the old bridge. The Tappan Zee connects Westchester to Rockland county and offers easy access to the state of New Jersey – which for those north of the George Washington Bridge is very important.
The original Tappan Zee was first open for traffic in 1955. The 3.1 mile span represents one of the widest points along the Hudson River. The original bridge is in poor condition. It has been on the “critical list” for crumbling infrastructure for many years as it was never designed to bear the traffic that now crosses over it daily. It has been referred to as a “hold your breath” bridge – which is far from reassuring to the many New York residents that depend upon the bridge for their daily commute.
In any case, the new bridge is now under construction and is expected to be completed by 2018…So we only have four more years to hold our breath!
The photo shows a construction platform just next to the existing bridge. More large equipment is on its way to aid the construction process.
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