Tappan Zee Bridge live updates: All lanes open on Mario Cuomo Bridge

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Last car over the Tappan Zee Bridge was Seth Kestenbaum of Nyack in a 1929 Model A Ford Phaeton on Oct. 6, 2017.
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Last car over the Tappan Zee Bridge was Seth Kestenbaum of Nyack in a 1929 Model A Ford Phaeton on Oct. 6, 2017.
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A 1929 Ford Model A convertible driven by Seth Kestenbaum of Nyack was the last passenger vehicle to drive over the 61-year old Tappan Zee Bridge Friday night, Oct. 6, 2017.
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Some of the first Westchester-bound traffic makes its way across the new Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge after the last cars crossed the Tappan Zee Bridge, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017.
Matt Coyne/lohud

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The new Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, which will replace the Tappan Zee Bridge, opened for business for Westchester County-bound traffic tonight (It opened to Rockland-bound traffic in August). Crews are shifting Westchester-bound traffic from the old Tappan Zee Bridge to the new, $3.9 billion Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge in the overnight hours Friday into Saturday. The night also saw the final car driven by a member of the public cross the Tappan Zee as the Tappan Zee Bridge was closed. Lohud staffers are at the bridge and here are live updates about the transition. (See below for an overview of tonight’s traffic shift.)

 

7:30 a.m.: The Exit 9 off ramp is open again.

6 a.m.: Not a whole lot different in South Nyack, Except they moved the Tappan Zee Bridge sign over.

4:15 a.m.: We’ve got blacktop on the fourth lane being created on the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge for Westchester-bound traffic. Two lanes are open Westchester-bound after tonight’s traffic shift and closing of the Tappan Zee Bridge. The work is scheduled to be done by 10 a.m.

1:40 a.m.: A crew is building a fourth lane for several hundred feet at the Westchester end of the new span. There are already four lanes for most of the span, but that’s why it will probably be close to 10 a.m. before all four lanes are open.  Two lanes are open at the moment.

1:16 a.m.: Reporter Matt Coyne takes a drive across the new span from Rockland to Westchester

 

12:42 a.m.: Seth Kestenbaum said he had asked the Thruway Authority to be the last car across the Tappan Zee Bridge and set it up after lohud.com published a story on him and his 1929 Model A Ford Phaeton. “If you’re the first one across the bridge, everyone is going to be repeating that.”
“I’m the last one to cross the bridge. I’ve got to tell you, what an honor,” he told lohud.com. “It’s something I’m going to remember for my life.”

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12:32 a.m.: Another stripe is added to the Westchester-bound lanes of the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge.

 

11:48 p.m.: Trucks are getting rid of the striping on the highway as part of the traffic switchover.

11:28 p.m.: Workers are moving a Jersey barrier into position. 

11:12 p.m.: Westchester-bound traffic is crossing the new bridge. Two of the four lanes are open.

LIVE LOOK: Traffic on the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge (Westchester-bound traffic at left)

 

10:25 p.m.: Some of the first Westchester-bound traffic is making its way across the new bridge.

 

10:22 p.m.: Westchester-bound traffic is slowly making its way to the new Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge. Emphasis on slowly.

10:07 p.m.: Striping truck is working to set up the lanes to take cars to the new span. Westchester-bound drivers are being held back near Exit 10 as the striping work goes on. 

 

10:02 p.m.: Crews pulling up white lane tape as they get ready to shift Westchester-bound traffic to the new bridge. 

 

9:55 p.m.: Traffic has officially stopped across the old Tappan Zee Bridge. Seth Kestenbaum, owner of a 1929 Ford, was the last driver to cross. Crews are going to work to shift Westchester-bound traffic to the new Gov. Mario M. Cuomo span.

 

 

9:27 p.m.: Authorities wouldn’t confirm it but, but Seth Kestenbaum will probably be escorted over the Tappan Zee Bridge as the last car.

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9:09 p.m.: Local media is on the Tappan Zee Bridge waiting for the last car to drive across later tonight before the bridge closes.

9 p.m.: Reporter Matt Coyne is atop the South Broadway overpass in South Nyack. His view:

 

8:57 p.m.: Crews close another feeder into the Tappan Zee Bridge on-ramp. 

8:50 p.m.: Reporter Matt Coyne drove over the bridge and saw cones already in place Westchester-bound.

8:48 p.m. The Exit 10 on-ramp to the Tappan Zee Bridge is closed. 

 

8:39 p.m.: No spectators are out on the Interstate 287 overpass in Tarrytown, unlike the situation in August when the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge first opened to traffic. 

Guide to the traffic shift

Whether you’re going to say goodbye to the Tappan Zee Bridge, be one of the first to cross the new open lanes, or simply make your way home to Westchester, expect some complications Friday night as you near the Tappan Zee Bridge.

Crews will be shifting Westchester-bound traffic from the old Tappan Zee Bridge to the new, $3.9 billion Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge in the overnight hours Friday into Saturday.

That means get ready for slowdowns in the vicinity of the bridge.

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Work will start at 9 p.m. with the closure of two Westchester-bound lanes on the Thruway and the Exit 10 on-ramp in South Nyack, followed by the Exit 9 off-ramp in Tarrytown at 10 p.m.

The Thruway Authority says at 10 p.m. traffic will be held back in Rockland for about 20 minutes, while crews ready the approach to the new bridge.

Traffic will open on the new bridge first with just two lanes headed to Westchester.

All four lanes will be open by 10 a.m. the next morning, the Thruway Authority said, as will the Exit 9 off-ramp. The Exit 10 on-ramp will open by 6 a.m.

The traffic shift comes ahead of schedule, and a little more than a month after Rockland-bound traffic shifted off the old bridge.

Then, on- and off-ramp closures began around 9 p.m. The first car made its way across the new bridge at 1:36 a.m. and all four lanes were open by 5 a.m.

After all traffic is moved into the new bridge, vehicles will travel over four 11-foot-wide lanes in each direction, with minimal shoulder space. The design is similar to the pattern on the old Tappan Zee Bridge.

This situation is temporary, allowing crews to begin demolishing the old bridge, while finishing the new one.

The project will be completed some time in 2018. At that point, there will be four 12-foot-wide lanes in each direction over two spans with large shoulders and, potentially, bus-only lanes.

The Thruway Authority has not yet given a concrete date as to when the new bridge will open in its entirety.

Twitter: @coynereports


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