Watch The Tappan Zee Bridge Transform Into Mario Cuomo Bridge
You can watch the Tappan Zee Bridge turn into the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge in this time-lapse video.
In September 2018, both spans of the new Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge were fully open to traffic. The $3.98 billion project to construct the 3.1-mile bridge, the first cable-stayed bridge across the Hudson River, was one of the largest in the United States and the biggest in the history of the New York State Thruway Authority, officials say.
"The new Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge is an iconic gateway to the Hudson Valley," Gov. Andrew Cuomo previously said. "By completing a project of this magnitude on time and on budget, this bridge says that government has capacity. We can solve our problems when we do it honestly, constructively and collectively."
The Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge replaced and retired the 62-year-old Tappan Zee Bridge with two new state-of-the-art cable-stayed spans, one Rockland-bound and the other Westchester-bound.
Over 140,000 drivers driver across the bridge each day prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, officials said. The bridge features eight 419-foot towers standing at a five-degree angle, the twin-span bridge has a total of 192 stay cables that would stretch 14 miles if laid end-to-end. A cable-stayed bridge uses steel cables placed at an angle to connect the bridge deck to vertical towers that extend high above the roadway. More than 220 million pounds of all-American steel was used to build the bridge.
State officials released a four-minute time-lapse video where you can see the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge take shape.
A 3.6-mile bicycle-pedestrian path on Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge that includes six scenic overlooks along the path was unveiled on Monday.