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Why the Bridge is Needed

  • Picture of Traffic on the Tappan Zee Bridge
  • Picture of Traffic on the Tappan Zee Bridge
  • Over 138,000 vehicles cross the bridge every day, far more than it was designed to handle
  • Traffic jams and delays are a regular occurrence
  • The accident rate is double the average accident rate on the rest of the 574-mile Thruway
  • No lanes or shoulders for emergency vehicles or disabled vehicles, creating more traffic delays
  • Expected cost over the next twenty years for maintenance and structural rehab of the existing bridge: $3-4 billion
  • Amount already spent on bridge maintenance over the past decade: $750 million

Andrew M. Cuomo

New York State
Thruway Authority

Federal Highway

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