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Explosive Destruction Of Tappan Zee Bridge To Be Rescheduled

January 10, 2019 - 4:49 pm

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — If you made plans to watch the demolition of the Tappan Zee Bridge Saturday, you’re going to have to reschedule.

State officials announced Thursday that the plan to use explosives to destroy the remaining sections of the decrepit bridge will need to be postponed due to the possibility of high winds.

Tappan Zee Constructors said in a statement that it “has postponed Saturday’s controlled demolition of the old Tappan Zee Bridge’s east anchor span due to inclement weather. The sustained winds caused delays to the preparatory work of the planned demolition operation.”

Even with a controlled demolition, there are concerns that the strong winds could blow debris onto the spans of the new Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge.

AccuWeather forecasts predict wind gusts of up to 22 mph on Friday, but Saturday's forecast looks less extreme with winds expected to reach just 8 mph.

Still, both days will be cold with temperatures expected to drop into the low 20s on Saturday.

Explosives were set to go off at around 9:30 a.m. and traffic on Interstate 287 was scheduled to stop for 45 minutes beginning at 9 a.m.

Tappan Zee Constructors says it will provide an update when the operation is rescheduled.