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Second span of Gov. Mario Cuomo Bridge officially opens

September 12, 2018 - 7:24 am

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. (1010 WINS) -- All four lanes on the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge’s new span are officially open Wednesday morning.

The first vehicles were directed onto the Westchester-bound pathway shortly after 10 p.m. Tuesday. Only one lane had opened at first, but by the morning commute, the rest of the road had opened.

Drivers will find wider lanes on the new span but Rockland-bound drivers will continue to use lanes on part of the first span. A bicycling and walking path will also eventually be added.

"Tonight, we are proud to announce the eastbound span of the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge is officially operational and open to traffic," Thruway Authority Acting Executive Director Matthew Driscoll said Tuesday.

The bridge was scheduled to open Saturday morning, but was delayed after engineers found an issue with the old Tappan Zee Bridge that could have caused the structure to collapse.

Inspectors deemed there was no threat Monday afternoon and slotted the new opening for Tuesday, weather permitting.

The timing of the planned opening and the issues around the Tappan Zee Bridge led to speculation that Gov. Andrew Cuomo pushed for the bridge to open early to garner publicity ahead of Thursday's Democratic gubernatorial primary.

Cuomo denied having any part in the timing of the bridge's opening, but a New York Times report claimed a member of the administration offered enticements to the builders to speed up the process.