Second Span of Mario Cuomo Bridge Opening Saturday

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Construction crews complete work on the second span of the new Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, Friday. (Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo)

New York dignitaries have officially opened the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge.

Hillary Clinton joined Gov. Andrew Cuomo at Friday’s event, which comes as crews wrap up work on the bridge’s second span. The span is scheduled to open to traffic on Saturday.

Gov. Cuomo drove his mother Matilda across the span in a 1932 Packard owned by Franklin D. Roosevelt when he was New York’s governor.

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Gov. Cuomo greeting construction workers on the bridge, Friday. (Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo)

The bridge linking Westchester and Rockland counties over the Hudson River replaces the old Tappan Zee Bridge, most of which has been demolished.

The new bridge’s first span opened last year, when the structure was named to honor Mario Cuomo, governor from 1983 to 1994 and father of the state’s current chief executive. He died on Jan. 1, 2015.