Weather delays demolition of old Tappan Zee BridgePosted: Updated:
If you were one of the thousands gearing up to watch the old Tappan Zee Bridge come down tomorrow, you better make new plans.
Tappan Zee Constructors announced they have postponed the demolition due to this week's windy weather, which prevented them from doing the necessary prep work.
Dozens of restaurant owners who'd planned on demolition day parties are now scrambling to cancel food orders and change staff schedules. "We were going to line up all Adirondack chairs going down so you have a perfect view of the bridge. And at the end, we're going to have a hot dog stand, pretzels, chili, hot cocoa,” says Denis Whitton, owner Piermont 701 Restaurant.
Local officials say the demolition was going to be a tourism boon for towns on both sides of the river. They say they hope authorities reschedule the demolition for another weekend so that it brings more people into the area. “This is big for Piermont. This time of year is not our busy season—it's the offseason. So this would have been a nice economic boost for Piermont,” says Piermont Mayor Bruce Tucker.
No word yet on when a new demolition date will be announced.