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Tappan Zee Bridge


View from Piermont Pier

Photo taken by John Reidy


BH Photo #132082

Street Views 


Lost 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
Demolished 2018/2019, Bridge was taken apart and may be reused: See: http://www.wellsvilledaily.com/news/20171207/parts-of-tappan-zee-bridge-to-be-repurposed-in-allegany-county
Opened to traffic December 15, 1955. Closed to traffic on October 12, 2017
- 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
Malcom Wilson Memorial Bridge
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:
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
Inventory numbers
NY 5516340 (New York State bridge identification number)
BH 26735 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of January 2021)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 20 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • May 8, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • January 23, 2021: New photo from Josh Schmid
  • June 5, 2020: New photos from Patrick Gurwell
  • March 31, 2020: New photos from Peter Dispensa
  • June 8, 2019: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • March 5, 2019: New photos from Geoff Hubbs
  • January 15, 2019: Updated by Daniel: Bridge was dropped into the water this morning, 1/15/2019
  • May 25, 2018: Updated by Luke: Added category "Converted to an artificial reef"
  • October 23, 2017: Updated by Matthew: Distinguish between old & new bridges
  • 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

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Tappan Zee Bridge
Posted May 25, 2018, by Luke
Malcom Wilson Memorial Bridge
Posted December 31, 2017, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Good news: The bridge will be taken apart and be reused in another location. See: http://www.wellsvilledaily.com/news/20171207/parts-of-tappan...

Malcom Wilson Memorial Bridge
Posted December 31, 2017, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Good news: The bridge will be taken apart and be reused in another location. See: http://www.wellsvilledaily.com/news/20171207/parts-of-tappan...

Tappan Zee Bridge
Posted October 9, 2017, by george oakley (georgheoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I was looking in the Reading Eagle yesterday being Sunday as it was and saw a picture in the paper of one of the bridges being open to northbound and southbound traffic.The second bridge is still under construction.Also the original bridge is still standing by the looks of it in the picture i saw.The picture showed all 3 bridges but i don't know which side of the Hudson River it was taken.

Tappan Zee Bridge
Posted August 25, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

As per an article printed in the Reading Eagle on 8/25/17 Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday formally introduced a new $4 billion bridge named for his late father that will carry 50 million vehicles a year across the Hudson River in the New York suburbs.A ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the 3 mile bridge,which links suburban Westchester and Rockland counties along the New York State Thruway north of New York City.The Gov. Mario M. Cuomo bridge,launched by the state Thruway Authority in 2013,will replace the Tappan zee Bridge,a critical link in the Northeast U.S. highway system.One span of the bridge will open to westbound traffic tonight,signalling near completion of the project to replace the 62 year old Tappan Zee.The second span is scheduled for completion in the spring,aimed at improving the ride for Manhattan commuters and truckers looking to skirt the traffic choked city 25 miles to the south.Anybody else aware of this?

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