Mario Cuomo Bridge

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Second span of Mario Cuomo Bridge could open Tuesday

September 10, 2018 - 7:12 am

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. (1010 WINS) -- The second span of the new Mario Cuomo Bridge could open as soon as Tuesday.

The opening was delayed Saturday because of concerns that the old Tappan Zee Bridge might collapse on top of the new structure.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo claimed Sunday that the delay had nothing to do with the new bridge and assured “the new span is fine.”

Hours before the Westchester-bound span of the bridge was scheduled to open, engineers discovered rotting joints that could cause the old bridge to suddenly collapse. As a result, the bridge remained closed to the public.

“We didn’t make the decision on the opening of the new span. The contractor did,” Cuomo said,

Democratic rival Cynthia Nixon claimed that Cuomo rushed through the opening of the new bridge in order to help his campaign for re-election.

She claimed he put New Yorkers’ lives in danger in favor of a photo opportunity.

Cuomo quickly responded Sunday and called the claims “nonsensical.”

Cuomo also said that Tappan Zee Constructors, and not the state, made the call that the new span was ready for traffic. The contractor also owns the old bridge and is responsible for dismantling it, he said.