December 2017
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The latest batch of aerial photography reveals the most recent efforts of Tappan Zee Constructors on the Hudson River, including the early stages of the old bridge's dismantling. 

The historic opening of the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge highlights the latest edition of the project magazine. Featuring a collection of stunning photos and a keepsake centerfold from the memorable opening celebration of the first span, the Fall 2017 magazine also includes stories on the new crossing's state-of-the-art aesthetic lighting system and a look ahead at opening the second span. 
In an overnight operation, an entire steel section of the Tappan Zee Bridge located above the Metro-North Railroad's Hudson Line was raised and removed by the project's powerhouse crane, I Lift NY. 
Just days after the last car drove over the Tappan Zee Bridge, crews carefully began taking apart the 61-year-old crossing. Operations started at the Westchester and Rockland landings in early October, with workers from Tappan Zee Constructors dismantling and removing sections of concrete roadway and steel support structures.  
Frequently Asked Questions
How will the project reduce traffic congestion?  
The Tappan Zee Bridge had only seven lanes, some of which were narrower than the current standard lane width of 12 feet. The new bridge will have eight, 12-foot-wide lanes and wider shoulders. The shoulders of the new crossing will greatly reduce the traffic impact of disabled vehicles and accidents, which caused massive tie-ups on the old bridge. The incline approaching the main span will not be as steep, allowing large trucks to maintain consistent speed and reduce engine and braking noise. The ability of trucks to maintain highway speed will also reduce speed differential with passenger vehicles which lessens lane changes and potential for accidents. There will also be gently banked curves to further smooth traffic flow and reduce accidents. In addition, the new bridge is being built with space to accommodate dedicated bus lanes that have been shown to reduce travel times for all vehicles. In April 2016, cashless tolling went into effect, eliminating the need for eastbound drivers to slow down or stop and idle at a toll plaza.

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