The original Tappan Zee Bridge, opened in 1955, was demolished in 2017. The remnants will be used to build artificial reefs. Photo by Brett Weinstein/Creative Commons

The old Tappan Zee Bridge is being sent to “bridge heaven,” according to Governor Cuomo — “bridge heaven” meaning underwater off the coast of Long Island, where it will become part of the largest artificial reef expansion in state history. Old tug boats and barges will also be part of the structure.

Cuomo noted that these efforts should increase New York’s marine biodiversity and provide new habitats for a variety of coral and fish. This should also support the region’s marine economy, which accounts for nearly 10 percent of Long Island’s total GDP.

The reefs will begin to be deployed in May.

Source: Long Beach Patch