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Planned Date For Use Of Explosives, Demolition Of Old TZB Postponed

A date set for the use of explosives to bring down the old span of the Tappan Zee Bridge has been delayed.
A date set for the use of explosives to bring down the old span of the Tappan Zee Bridge has been delayed. Photo Credit: New York/New Bridge

The demolition of the last east anchor span of the old Tappan Zee Bridge set for Saturday, Jan. 12 has been postponed.

According to the builders, Tappan Zee Constructors, the demolition has been delayed due to the windy weather. A makeup date has not been announced.

"Tappan Zee Constructors has postponed Saturday’s controlled demolition of the old Tappan Zee Bridge’s east anchor span due to inclement weather," the company said late Thursday. "The sustained winds caused delays to the preparatory work of the planned demolition operation. We appreciate the patience of the local community, and once we have rescheduled the operation we will provide an update."

The closure had been set for 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 12, with thousands of residents planning to view the demolition with parties or special events to watch history as the old span comes down.

The weather forecast for Saturday morning calls for mostly sunny skies, with a high near 30 and Northwest wind around 5 mph, according to the National Weather Service. The same holds true for Sunday, with mostly cloudy skies, with a high near 31, and no mention of wind.

But during the time period for preparation on Friday calls for Northwest wind around 14 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

The original rain date for the Saturday demolition was to be Sunday, Jan. 13.

The delay causes a huge problem for law enforcement and transportation officials, as well as the U.S. Coast Guard, who have an extensive plan in place to stop traffic, both by land and water and for rerouting and stopping traffic on the New York State Thruway.

This is a developing story. Check back to Daily Voice for updates.

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