Also, bridges and tunnels to have “cashless tolling”
The first span of the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, which will replace the adjacent Tappan Zee over the Hudson River at Tarrytown, is scheduled to open after the evening rush hour on Friday, Aug. 25, according to state officials. Both spans of the bridge, which will cost about $4 billion, should be open next year.
On Aug. 25 workers will shift four lanes of westbound traffic to a completed span of the Cuomo bridge. Eastbound traffic will be shifted to the span in the fall. The traffic will be separated by a jersey barrier until the second span of the new bridge is finished in 2018.
In addition, the Metropolitan Transit Authority plans to have “cashless tolling” in place at all New York City area bridges and tunnels by the end of the year, including Throgs Neck in September and Bronx-Whitestone in October.
With cashless tolling, overhead sensors and cameras record the E-ZPass or license-plate number of each passing vehicle and drivers do not have to slow or stop at toll gates. An invoice will be sent to the registered owners of vehicles that do not have E-ZPass.
New York State Thruway Authority photos