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USCG: Old Tappan Zee Bridge ‘destabilized and could fall’

September 8, 2018

Any Connecticut residents passing over the Tappan Zee Bridge this weekend might see some additional activity near the old bridge.

The U.S. Coast Guard closed the eastern half of the channel in the Hudson River near the Old Tappen Zee Bridge on Saturday after finding out the remaining eastern portion of the old Tappan Zee Bridge was destabilized and could fall.

The old Tappan Zee Bridge is not currently in use; it is going through the demolition process.

Bridge engineers notified watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector New York around 7:45 p.m. Friday about a possible need to temporarily close the Hudson River to any boat traffic.

“Due to the uncertainty and need to ascertain the potential impact of a collapse, it was requested the Coast Guard institute an emergency safety zone,” the USCG said. “The Hudson River was then completely closed to vessel traffic at the Tappan Zee Bridge.”

Around noon Saturday, the western half of the channel was reopened to vessel traffic. Any boats or other vessels planning to pass through the area must check in with the Coast Guard patrol commander before doing so.

Several agencies remain at the area to enforce a safety zone. The cause of the structural failure remains under investigation.

Updates on the condition of the channel can be found at https://bit.ly/2QgtSrm.

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