At around noon on Tuesday July 19th a crane being used in the construction of the new Tappan Zee Bridge collapsed. As of now five people are reported to have been injured, fortunately those injuries are reported to be non-life threatening.
South Nyack-Grand View Police Chief Brent Newbury said that he expects a “traffic nightmare” over Rockland and Westchester counties as all lanes had to be shut down. The bridge will be closed indefinitely. Right now, it is unknown what caused the crane to collapse nor is it known what structural damage, if any, the collapse caused to the bridge.
The new bridge is expected to cost $4 billion and open in 2018. The current Tappan Zee Bridge has been obsolete for over a decade and is an infrastructure nightmare on a good day.
Will update as more news comes out.