TZ Bridge crane collapse causes traffic influx on GWB

A crane collapse Tuesday on the Tappan Zee Bridge in the Hudson Valley caused an influx of traffic during the rush-hour commute on the George Washington Bridge.

A crane collapse Tuesday on the Tappan Zee Bridge in the Hudson Valley caused an influx of traffic during the rush-hour commute on the George Washington Bridge. (7/19/16)

FORT LEE - A crane collapse Tuesday on the Tappan Zee Bridge in the Hudson Valley caused an influx of traffic during the rush-hour commute on the George Washington Bridge.

The parkway police chief said the rush-hour volume started building in the early part of the afternoon, not long after the collapse occurred around noon.

The crane collapse forced authorities to look at the structural integrity of the Tappan Zee Bridge, which is what kept the lanes closed for hours. The crane that collapsed on the bridge was used to help build the new multibillion-dollar replacement bridge. 

The Port Authority released a statement Tuesday afternoon saying the planned closure of lower-level lanes for repairs were canceled. All George Washington Bridge lanes were to remain open to help drivers displaced by the crane accident.

All lanes with the exception of the damaged southbound lane on the Tappan Zee Bridge reopened Tuesday night. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says one southbound lane will remain closed into Wednesday morning. Nobody was seriously injured.

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