So far 5,000 individuals have worked on the construction of the twin-span replacement for the 61-year-old, three-mile-long bridge that crosses a wide stretch of river known as the Tappan Zee. These men and women are building a bridge and the legacy that come with creating such a structure.

Josh Berger, The New York Times, takes a look at the construction of this bridge as well as the safety precautions that have changed since the last bridge (Verrazano Narrows) was built in New York in 1964:

So far no one has died on the project, which began more than two years ago with the sinking of cylindrical piles into the river bottom. Safety for workers has been emphasized in a way that it was not 60 years ago, when reckless bravado was especially valued by an almost entirely male work force.

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