I just finished reading this New York Magazine article about the Tappan Zee Bridge, which is one of my favorite bridges to talk about because of how ridiculous it is. One, the bridge was designed with a 50 year lifespan. Who designs anything to last 50 years? Two, it is at the widest part of the Hudson River. The thing is three miles long. Three, the only reason it was built there was because it was out of the Port Authority’s jurisdiction. I believe it’s located just under a mile and a half from where the Port Authority has jurisdiction. You can’t help but shake your head over these basic facts.
Also, Planet Money did a podcast on the bridge a few years back which is fun to listen to. Enjoy.