Farewell, Tappan Zee! Decades-old bridge implodes into history

January 15, 2019 - 10:01 am

PIERMONT, N.Y. (1010 WINS) – It connected Nyack and Tarrytown over the Hudson River for 63 years but went down in seconds Tuesday morning.

The now-defunct Tappan Zee Bridge was demolished shortly before 11 a.m. after serving millions of tri-state commuters for decades since its opening in December 1955.

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The demolition was originally scheduled for Saturday but had to be delayed because of inclement weather. 

The blast sent 6,500 tons of material from the eastern section of the bridge plunging into the Hudson. Marine salvage crews will need a couple weeks to use chains to get debris out of the water.

“The old structure will fall into nets that are held up by buoys, because that part of the Hudson is deep,” Piermont police Chief Michael O'Shea said earlier Tuesday. 

The western section will be taken apart without explosives later this year.

The Mario Cuomo Bridge was closed during the demolition, but was expected to reopen shortly after 11 a.m. 

Watch parties were held on both sides of the Hudson, including at the View on the Hudson restaurant.

“It’s just kind of like one of those once-in-a-lifetime things,” said Vincent Incorvaia, who runs View on the Hudson’s catering hall. “People are calling up, they seem excited.”