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Tappan Zee Project Nears Finish With Opening Of First Span

Tappan Zee Bridge


  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's signature public works project, a $4 billion bridge to be named after his father, is about to begin carrying commuters across the Hudson River in New York City suburbs.

One span of the future Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge will open Friday, signaling near-completion of a project to replace the 62-year-old Tappan Zee that has served as the poster child for America's crumbling infrastructure. The second span is scheduled for completion in the spring.

The 3-mile-long bridge linking Westchester County to the New York State Thruway will ultimately take more than 50 million vehicles a year across the river, from Manhattan commuters to truckers looking to skirt the traffic-choked city 25 miles to the south.

The $5 round-trip toll is frozen through 2020.

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