Towns Scramble After Tappan Zee Implosion Rescheduled

By WCBS Newsradio 880

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – The postponement of the old Tappan Zee Bridge demolition because of high winds has some Hudson River towns scrambling for a backup plan.

Windy, frigid weather pushed back Saturday’s scheduled demolition until Tuesday morning.

Towns along the shore on both sides had viewing parties planned, and weekend events would have been a boon for local restaurants in Piermont, just south of the bridge in Rockland County.

Piermont Mayor Bruce Tucker told WCBS 880 that a Saturday morning spectacle was sure to bring hundreds to the shore on both sides, but that events are still planned for Tuesday.

“We expect the crowd to be a little less, obviously because it’s a work day,” he said.

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A viewing party will be held in Piermont along a pier that stretches a mile out into the Hudson.

“You don’t have to walk all the way to the end to see it. You can view it along the entire north side of the pier,” Tucker said.

The demolition is now roughly scheduled for 10:30 a.m. this Tuesday.

The controlled demolition will cause a 45-minute closure of the New York State Thruway, between exits 11 and 9, starting at 10 a.m.

Motorized traffic will be banned on the pier during viewing to ensure everyone’s safety.