August 2018
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The New York State Thruway Authority is preparing to break ground on the Rockland side of the dedicated bike/pedestrian path, one of the most anticipated features of the new twin-span crossing.

With key substructure and base components in place, Tappan Zee Constructors (TZC) is now focusing on making the span driver-friendly with the installation of concrete barriers, roadway lighting and pavement.

The recent progress on the eastbound span approaches was supported by temporary platforms, called trestles, which enabled the project team to maneuver heavy duty machinery over difficult terrain.
Following the installation of the project's final steel girder, Tappan Zee Constructors (TZC) recently placed the bridge's final concrete deck panel.
Frequently Asked Questions
How will the new bridge reduce traffic congestion?
The Tappan Zee Bridge had only seven lanes, all of which were narrower than the current standard lane width of 12 feet. The new twin-span Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge will have eight wider general traffic lanes and 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. There will also be gently banked curves to further smooth traffic flow and reduce accidents. In addition, the new bridge is being built with 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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