Tappan Zee Bridge facts for kids

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Tappan Zee Bridge
Carries 7 lanes (3 northbound, 3 southbound, 1 reversible) of I-87 / I-287 / New York Thruway
Crosses Hudson River
Locale Connecting South Nyack, Rockland County, New York and Tarrytown, Westchester County, New York in the Lower Hudson Valley
Official name The Governor Malcolm Wilson Tappan Zee Bridge
Maintained by New York State Thruway Authority
Design Cantilever bridge
Total length 16,013 feet (4,881 m)
Width 90 feet (27 m)
Longest span 1,212 feet (369 m)
Clearance below 138 feet (42 m)
Opened December 15, 1955; 64 years ago (December 15, 1955)
Closed 2017 (planned)

(eastbound/southbound only)


The Tappan Zee Bridge is a bridge in lower New York. It is three miles long. It goes across the Hudson River. It connects Westchester and Rockland Counties. The bridge opened in 1955. It took traffic from other bridges and ferries in the area. The bridge is about 25 miles north of New York City. The city can be seen from the bridge on a clear day. The bridge carries seven lanes of the New York State Thruway.

The bridge is named for a Native American tribe from the area called the "Tappan". Zee is the Dutch word for "sea", as the bridge crosses water.

Because the bridge is old and now gets a lot of traffic, it needs to be replaced with something safer and larger. People in the region have been arguing to build the new bridge for many years.

Construction of new bridge

In 2013, the New York State Thruway Authority began building the New Tappan Zee Bridge. It will be a double-span bridge (four lanes per span in opposite directions) with designated bus lanes. The new bridge is planned to be ready to open in 2018.

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