Weather delays demolition of old Tappan Zee Bridge

Posted: Updated:
PIERMONT -

If you were one of the thousands gearing up to watch the old Tappan Zee Bridge come down tomorrow, you better make new plans.

Tappan Zee Constructors announced they have postponed the demolition due to this week's windy weather, which prevented them from doing the necessary prep work.

Dozens of restaurant owners who'd planned on demolition day parties are now scrambling to cancel food orders and change staff schedules. "We were going to line up all Adirondack chairs going down so you have a perfect view of the bridge. And at the end, we're going to have a hot dog stand, pretzels, chili, hot cocoa,” says Denis Whitton, owner Piermont 701 Restaurant.

Local officials say the demolition was going to be a tourism boon for towns on both sides of the river. They say they hope authorities reschedule the demolition for another weekend so that it brings more people into the area. “This is big for Piermont. This time of year is not our busy season—it's the offseason. So this would have been a nice economic boost for Piermont,” says Piermont Mayor Bruce Tucker.

No word yet on when a new demolition date will be announced.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."