Operations begin to transition Rockland-bound traffic to new bridge

Posted: Updated:
NYACK -

Overnight operations are now underway to transition Rockland-bound traffic from the old Tappan Zee Bridge onto the new Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge.

Officials from Thruway Authority say Rockland-bound lanes will switch overnight from the old bridge to the new one. The changeover should be completed by 8 a.m. Saturday.

Well before the bridge itself, on I-287, traffic had slowed to a crawl once the work commenced.

The new bridge took four years to build, at about $3.9 billion.

An official ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Thursday morning to kick off the opening of the bridge.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo was the first to drive across the span with 96-year-old Pearl Harbor survivor Armando "Chick" Gallela, of Sleepy Hollow.

While many commuters were tired of the old bridge and are excited to see the new one open, others are nostalgic for some elements of the Tappan Zee, including its old name. The new Tappan Zee has been named the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, in honor of Gov. Cuomo's father.

sorry to interrupt
your first 5 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 5 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 5 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login, create an account or subscribe to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."