1st phase of new Tappan Zee Bridge set to open to traffic

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In a little more than two weeks, the first phase of the new Tappan Zee Bridge will be open to traffic.

The new Tappan Zee Bridge, which will be known at the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, is set to open its first phase in just 18 days, a relief to some of the 138,000 drivers who cross that span daily.

Preparations have kicked into high gear to open the westbound lanes, which will direct Rockland-bound traffic onto the new 96-foot bridge beginning late Friday night, Aug. 25.

Crews were on site testing backup generators Monday - a check off their “to-do list."

There is no word yet on how long Westchester-bound traffic will stay on the old bridge.

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