Controlled Demolition Of Old Tappan Zee Bridge Postponed and Rescheduled

Due to sustained winds, Saturday’s controlled demolition of the Tappan Zee Bridge has been postponed.

It is now scheduled for Tuesday, January 15 at approximately 10 a.m., according to a press release from the state Thruway Authority.

Tappan Zee Constructors had hoped to detonate the old TZB’s east anchor span Saturday morning.

However, sustained winds caused delays to the preparatory work of the planned operation, Tappan Zee Constructors said in a statement released Thursday.

“We appreciate the patience of the local community, and once we have rescheduled the operation we will provide an update,” they said.

The east anchor span was scheduled to be brought down around 9:30 a.m., with traffic stopped on the Thruway from 9 a.m. until the bridge was inspected after the controlled explosion.

A temporary closure of the Hudson River main navigation channel was also planned.

Tappan Zee Constructors had originally said that after extensive engineering analysis, it was determined that the controlled explosion was the safest way to lower the span given its current state.


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