The old Tappan Zee Bridge will get a second life — as a reef.
Gov. Cuomo announced Tuesday that the span, which was replaced last year,
will be dumped into the waters off Long Island to form a natural habitat for
sea life. It’s part of a $5 million project to expand reefs off Long
Island using bridge rubble and decommissioned ships.
“Is there a bridge heaven?” Cuomo mused at a press conference in Kings
Park on Tuesday. “Bridge heaven is you spend all your life above the water
serving people and then you go to bridge heaven is you go below the water.”
The plan is expected to save money because it would be more costly
to send the bridge to landfills and scrap yards, a rep from Cuomo’s office
said. The 43,000 cubic feet of rubble will be cleaned before being submerged.