Old Tappan Zee Bridge span is going down in NY history

Tappan Zee Bridge Saturday. Photo: The Associated Press

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. (AP) -- A big chunk of the old Tappan Zee Bridge is about to go down in New York history.

Demolition with explosives is scheduled on Tuesday morning to remove the eastern part of the former bridge between Westchester and Rockland counties.

It's already been replaced by the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, which carries Interstate 87 traffic over the Hudson River about 30 miles (48 kilometers) north of New York City.

The Tappan Zee, which opened in 1955, was a poster child for America's crumbling infrastructure. Shifting steel plates gave drivers unnerving glimpses through road cracks of the chasm below.

There are plans to dismantle the western portion without explosives sometime this year.

AP-WF-01-15-19 1246GMT

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