Tappan Zee Bridge facts for kids
|Tappan Zee Bridge|
|Carries||7 lanes (3 northbound, 3 southbound, 1 reversible) of I-87 / I-287 / New York Thruway|
|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|
|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|
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.
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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