The Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge was needed because the number of vehicles crossing the bridge every day far exceeded the number the previous bridge was designed to handle, traffic jams and delays were a regular occurrence, accident rates were high and maintenance costs on the old bridge were expected to be $3 to 4 billion over the next 20 years. The bridge carries 140,000 vehicles daily. Approximately 50 million vehicles crossed the Tappan Zee Bridge in 2016.
After more than a decade of delay, the new bridge to replace the Tappan Zee became a reality. The new bridge was designed and constructed to last 100 years without major structural maintenance.
The new bridge is a visually striking, recognizable landmark, and one of the widest cable-stayed structures of its kind in the world.
The Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge will mean less congestion for motorists, with eight traffic lanes, four breakdown/emergency lanes, and state-of-the-art traffic monitoring systems, as well as a dedicated commuter bus lane. Designed and constructed to be mass-transit-ready, the new crossing will be able to accommodate bus rapid transit, light rail or commuter rail. The bridge also includes a bike and pedestrian path.