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Tappan Zee Bridge



View from Piermont Pier

Photo taken by John Reidy



Street Views 


Replacement bridge under construction, first section expected to open in 2016. Demolition planned for old bridge, but preservation also being debated. Website for new bridge: http://www.newnybridge.com/


Cantilevered through truss bridge over Hudson River on I-87/I-287/New York State Thruway in South Nyack
Rockland County, New York, and Westchester County, New York
Open to seven lanes of traffic
Future prospects
Replacement bridge under construction, first section expected to open in 2016. Demolition planned for old bridge, but preservation also being debated. Website for new bridge: http://www.newnybridge.com/
Opened to traffic December 15, 1955
- Captain Emil H. Praeger (Chief Engineer)
- Madigan-Hyland of New York, New York (Consulting Engineering Firm)
Cantilevered Warren through truss
Length of largest span: 1,212.0 ft.
Total length: 16,015.5 ft. (3.0 mi.)
Deck width: 81.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 20.5 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
The Governor Malcolm Wilson Tappan Zee Bridge (official name)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.06989, -73.89469   (decimal degrees)
41°04'12" N, 73°53'41" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/592860/4547103 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
NY 5516340 (New York State bridge identification number)
BH 26735 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 11/2014)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Functionally obsolete
Sufficiency rating: 59.0 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)

Update Log 

  • October 23, 2016: New photos from John Goold
  • August 14, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • July 30, 2016: New photos from Nathan Myers
  • June 12, 2015: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • July 29, 2013: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added designer.
  • June 7, 2013: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Updated planned demolition plans and debate for preservation
  • February 3, 2012: New Street View added by James Baughn
  • August 5, 2010: New photos from Ian Ligget

Related Bridges 



Tappan Zee Bridge
Posted March 14, 2016, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

As per an article printed in the Reading Eagle on 3-14-16 divers stopped searching for the body of a crewman on a sunken tugboat after the tugboat crashed into a barge that was near the new Tappan Zee bridge which is being constructed.2 crewmen have been found so far.Grim news but this just goes to show accidents can happen in bridge building zones.

Tappan Zee Bridge
Posted February 2, 2015, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This bridge is featured on the cover of Obama's budget.

Convert Tappan Zee into pedestrian walkway?
Posted February 24, 2012, by lyon wonder (lyon_wonder [at] yahoo [dot] com)

NY state officials are contemplating the idea of converting the current Tappan Zee Bridge into a pedestrian walkway after it’s highway bridge replacement is built.



Published: February 22, 2012

It seemed quixotic at first, but maybe the idea of turning the Tappan Zee Bridge into a walkway after a new bridge is built is not so far fetched after all.

State officials said Wednesday that they were exploring the possibility of turning the three-mile-long bridge into a route for pedestrians and bicyclists along the lines of the High Line on the West Side of Manhattan, or the equally successful Walkway Over the Hudson linking Poughkeepsie and Highland.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and aides said at a cabinet meeting in Albany that it would cost $150 million to demolish the existing bridge, which carries the New York State Thruway, so turning it into a walkway connecting Rockland and Westchester Counties was worth exploring.

“Could you leave it up, and what are the economics and the practicalities of that?” Mr. Cuomo said at the meeting. “It’s an exciting option.”

After more than 10 years of study, building a new bridge finally seemed to reach critical mass last fall when it was one of 14 projects chosen by the Obama administration for expedited federal review and approval — possibly allowing work on a new $5 billion bridge to begin as early as spring 2013. The bridge is 56 years old — 6 years past its anticipated life span — and needs $50 million in maintenance and repairs annually.

After the project was announced, the idea of preserving the old bridge was raised by Paul Feiner, the Greenburgh town supervisor, who proposed a walkway. The idea immediately gained support from biking and pedestrian groups. In January, the newly formed Tappan Bridge Park Alliance said that a walkway “would generate economic and community development to the region by providing a world-class destination and a much needed open space in the congested Lower Hudson Valley.”

Tappan Zee Bridge
Posted October 7, 2010, by jennifer stuart (jmstuey [at] gmail [dot] com)

My grandfather "Henry Fredrickson" also helped build this bridge. Do you know the Ironworkers Union that was used to build the bridge? I would also like to see some pictures.

Tappan Zee Bridge
Posted March 13, 2010, by Angela Farnham (flygirl_91106 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

My grandfather, Aldo "Otto" Saporito, helped build this bridge. Would you happen to have any historical photos of it being built?

Thank you,

Angela Saporito Farnham