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The new bridge design addresses issues of traffic (Credit: New York Thruway Authority)

The new bridge design addresses issues of traffic pattern and breakdowns that exist on the present span, officials say.

The new Tappan Zee Bridge presented through renditions

The New York Thruway Authority released an animated video explaining some of the new features of the bridge. Here are some highlights.

The new bridge design addresses issues of traffic
(Credit: New York Thruway Authority)

The new bridge design addresses issues of traffic pattern and breakdowns that exist on the present span, officials say.

Construction of the new Tappan Zee Bridge will
(Credit: New York Thruway Authority)

Construction of the new Tappan Zee Bridge will provide thousands of jobs in the region, officials say.

Construction of the new Tappan Zee Bridge will
(Credit: New York Thruway Authority)

Construction of the new Tappan Zee Bridge will provide thousands of jobs in the region, officials say.

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The new bridge will have eight lanes for
(Credit: New York Thruway Authority)

The new bridge will have eight lanes for traffic and extra-wide shoulders for emergency vehicles, according to plans.

The new bridge is designed to minimize the
(Credit: New York Thruway Authority)

The new bridge is designed to minimize the environmental and visual impact by having a less intrusive pier support system and reduce the amount of dredging and pile driving, officials say.

A rendition of the proposed Tappan Zee Bridge
(Credit: New York Thruway Authority)

A rendition of the proposed Tappan Zee Bridge is shown in this file image.

The new span will have space for express
(Credit: New York Thruway Authority)

The new span will have space for express bus service, according to plans.

The capacity for future rail service are intrigated
(Credit: New York Thruway Authority)

The capacity for future rail service are intrigated right into the design.

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The new bridge design for the Hudson River.
(Credit: New York Thruway Authority)

The new bridge design for the Hudson River.

The pedestrian path includes Belvederes, scenic spots to
(Credit: New York Thruway Authority)

The pedestrian path includes Belvederes, scenic spots to view the Hudson River and offer cultural information about the region's heritage.

A new shared use path for pedestrians and
(Credit: New York Thruway Authority)

A new shared use path for pedestrians and bicyclists on the north side of the span.

At night a potentially changing light display will
(Credit: New York Thruway Authority)

At night a potentially changing light display will illuminate the evening view of the river.

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