“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime bridge,” said John O’Quinn, president of Pennsylvania’s High Steel Structures. “Its opening is an historic event, a true success story for U.S. steel.”
Its predecessor, the Tappan Zee was built in 1955 and carried around 140,000 vehicles each day.
At the time of construction, the state of New York decided against more expensive steel that resulted in salt corroding the bridge.
Now, its replacement has a 3.1-mile arc that has been built to last 100 years.
ArcelorMittal provided the custom steel plates which are up to 3.5” thick for the project and are made almost entirely from Pennsylvania steel.
Now steel plants across the country, including Coatesville, are looking forward to the future in the hopes that Trump’s campaign promises will bring much needed investment to the nation’s infrastructure.
“It’s a great time to be in American steel,” said O’Quinn.