|Everything has an expiration date. Architecture is no exception. One small failure can place thousands of lives at stake. This was the case with the Tappan Zee Bridge.|
Published On: Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Everything has an expiration date. Architecture is no exception. One small failure can place thousands of lives at stake. Especially, when the infrastructure was never meant to last more than five decades. This was the case with the Tappan Zee Bridge, which has been in existence since 1955.
Rebuilding History: Three Miles Across the Hudson, is the story of the carpenters that dedicated their lives to rebuilding this massive thoroughfare 140,000+ people rely on every day, while also balancing a family and home life. As one of the largest architectural rebuilds in history, the new Tappan Zee isn’t simply a new bridge, but a safer place for future generations.
“It’s a story of individuals coming together to get a project done, and the triumph of human skills and ingenuity,” said Kevin McCabe, executive producer of the film and president of the Carpenter Contractor Trust. “We’re the producers, but the screenplay is written by the individuals who are building the bridge.”
Built to last 100 years, the bridge of the future streamlines local commutes with four breakdown and emergency lanes, a state-of-the-art traffic monitoring system, space for express buses and an open center lane designed to allow the addition of light rail or commuter rail in the future.
A pedestrian path with viewing areas is additionally scheduled to open in the fall of 2019, enabling a new recreational use of the bridge.