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First span of new Tappan Zee Bridge opening Friday

Andrew Cuomo’s signature public works project, a $4 billion Bridge to be named after his father, is about to begin carrying commuters across the Hudson River in the New York City suburbs.

Mario M. Cuomo Bridge will open to westbound traffic Friday, signaling near-completion of a project to replace the 62-year-old Tappan Zee that has served as the poster child for America’s crumbling infrastructure.

The 3-mile (4.8-kilometer)-long bridge linking Westchester County to the New York State Thruway across the widest point in the Hudson is one of the largest public infrastructure projects underway in the U.S. and a model of the latest engineering.

The construction project, begun by the Thruway Authority in 2013 after decades of political squabbling, still rankles upstate critics who want to know exactly how the state is paying for it.

McMahon, president of Empire Center, a conservative think tank, says the Thruway Authority should have increased the bridge toll in anticipation of the project.

READ MORE (New York's PIX11 / WPIX-TV)

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