Named for a former New York governor, the three-mile twin-span crossing is located less than 20 miles north of New York City and is the longest bridge in New York State. The cable-stayed span crosses one of the widest parts of the Hudson River and features one of the longest shared bicycle/pedestrian paths in the nation.
The Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge is flanked by long approaches, and its visually striking main span establishes an iconic gateway that will serve New York’s majestic Hudson Valley for the next century. Geometrically aligned cables rise from the roadbed like the sails of a ship. Eight tapered towers — each 419 feet tall — lean outward as they embrace the sky. The stays are inclined to the same extent as the towers so that the main span becomes a valley through which each roadway passes.
The New York State Thruway Authority replaced the 62-year-old Tappan Zee Bridge with this state-of-the-art crossing, which fully opened to traffic in 2018.
The bridge connects New York City’s northern suburbs (Westchester and Rockland counties) across the Hudson River and serves as the main conduit between upstate and the New York City metropolitan region.