December 2015
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As the installation of road deck panels continues into the fall and steel-blue girders extend even further out over the Hudson River, the New NY Bridge continues its steady march towards completion. Another sign of progress: the increasingly noticeable height of the main span towers, which are growing closer to their ultimate height of 419 feet.
After more than two years of hard work involving a variety of innovative solutions, the New NY Bridge project reached another milestone this month by installing the first sections of the crossing's new bridge road deck.         
 

Progress continues on the installation of American-forged steel girders, which link the concrete piers across the Hudson River and provide support for the road deck. Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC) recently began installing a key section of girders that connect the Rockland landing to nearly 3,000 feet of already-installed girders in the river.
 

Progress continues on the installation of American-forged steel girders, which link the concrete piers across the Hudson River and provide support for the road deck. Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC) recently began installing a key section of girders that connect the Rockland landing to nearly 3,000 feet of already-installed girders in the river.
 
Frequently Asked Questions
Q:
How will the project reduce traffic congestion? 
A:
The existing bridge has only seven lanes, some of which are narrower than the current standard width of 12 feet. The new bridge will have eight 12-foot-wide lanes. The wide shoulders of the new crossing will greatly reduce the traffic impact of disabled vehicles and accidents, which can cause massive tie-ups on the existing bridge. The incline over the main span will not be as steep, allowing large trucks to maintain consistent speed and reduce engine and braking noise. There will also be gently banked curves to help smooth traffic flow and reduce accidents as well as an All-Electronic Toll Collection (AETC) system to eliminate the need for drivers to slow down or stop at a toll plaza. In addition, the new bridge is being built with the structural capacity to handle commuter rail, light rail, or bus rapid transit.
 



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