There’s a new bridge in town, and it’s named after the current governor’s father, Mario M. Cuomo. The bridge opened last weekend on September 8th, and consists of four lanes of eastbound traffic, as well as a commuter bus service between Rockland and Westchester that will open on October 29th.
“The new Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge is a testament to New York’s world-renowned history of ambitious building projects,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. “The new bridge is helping to reduce traffic and make transportation easier for New Yorkers.”
The project will include shoulders, dedicated bus lanes, and a bike and walking path for those traveling without a vehicle. A map of the final plan can be viewed here. The new bridge was recognized by President Obama, who put the project at the top of his list of “critical” infrastructure projects.
“The Governor Mario m. Cuomo Bridge embodies New York’s greatness and shows the world that we’re capable of dreaming big and delivering results for the people of this state,” Governor Cuomo said. “This iconic, state-of-the-art twin-span structure will improve traffic flow, support the regions economy, and is part of New York’s aggressive $100 billion infrastructure plan to sustain growth for generations.”
In addition, a contest will be held to commission two brand new sculptures to be placed on either end of the bridge. Further details about the contest will be announced at a later date.