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Arranged explosion of Tappan Zee Bridge is now on for next week, if winter grants it

The destruction of one of two remaining pieces of the old Tappan Zee Bridge will happen Tuesday morning.Tappan Zee Constructors declared the rescheduled the controlled demolition of the old Tappan Zee Bridge's east anchor span will occur at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, assuming it doesn't rain.Officials said Tuesday was chosen in light of the fact that long range estimates called for inclement weather on the end of the week.TZC said it keeps on working with local, state, and federal agencies on the controlled demolition and the resulting activities to remove the steel from the Hudson River after the demolition.The original controlled explosion that was scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Saturday was postponed. Sustained winds on Thursday caused delays to the preparatory work for the planned demolition operation, the contractor said in statement.The demolition additionally will result in a temporary stop of both eastward and westward traffic on the New York State Thruway between ways out 11 for Nyack and South Nyack and Exit 9 for Tarrytown.A cautiously coordinated and found explosion should send the east bridge grapple toppling far from the new Mario Cuomo bridges and into steel nets below,as indicated by the New York State Thruway Authority. The west anchor will be disassembled by contractual workers, said Jennifer Givens, a thruway spokeswoman.The weekday demolition puts a damper on an occasion that was expected upon to draw a thousands of spectators when it was initially planned for Saturday Jan. 12. Staff at two restaurants, Pier 701 and View on the Hudson in Piermont, said bridge demolition brunches planned for Saturday will take place on Tuesday.