The Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge opens up for general traffic heading toward Rockland for the first time.
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Early morning drivers crossing the newly opened Gov. Mario M. Cuomo bridge, are seen driving westbound toward Rockland County, Aug. 26, 2017.
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Viewers at Pierson Park in Tarrytown talk about the new Gov. Mario M..Cuomo bridge on opening day, Aug. 26, 2017.
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Four hours after the newly minted Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge opened to drivers, traffic is slow. Mark Vergari/The Journal News
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The first cars make their way from Westchester to Rockland over the Mario M. Cuomo Bridge early Sunday morning.
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Watch as the first cars make their way from Westchester to Rockland over the Mario M. Cuomo Bridge early Sunday morning. The first vehicle drove on to the bridge at 1:36 a.m.
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Reporter Matt Coyne and photographer Carucha L. Meuse are among the early drivers to cross the new Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge shortly after the Rockland-bound span opens, Aug. 26, 2017.
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Armando “Chick” Galella of Sleepy Hollow, a World War II veteran who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor, drove in a 1955 Corvette with Gov. Andrew Cuomo across the new Tappan Zee Bridge. He was also among the first to drive across the bridge when it originally opened in 1955.
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Joey Febles couldn’t help but stare.
The Pearl River native was among the first Rockland-bound motorists to travel on the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge hours after the first span was opened.
Although the Hudson River crossing was free of traffic around 8 a.m., Febles said he was in no rush to conclude his “very smooth” ride to the Rockland side.
“I slowed down a little bit. I was going like 20 (mph) just soaking it in! … It looks very modern,” Febles said shortly after 10 a.m. as he was entering the Palisades Center with his sister, Tiffany Marroquin, and her son, Niko, 7.
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Days after a celebration marked the completion of the first span, four lanes were opened to traffic on the Mario at 5:35 a.m. Saturday.