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Westchester's Rob Astorino Talks Tappan Zee On '20/20'

County Executive Rob Astorino stands beneath Westchester-Rockland connector, the Tappan Zee Bridge, with ABC correspondent Deborah Roberts on "20/20."
County Executive Rob Astorino stands beneath Westchester-Rockland connector, the Tappan Zee Bridge, with ABC correspondent Deborah Roberts on "20/20." Photo Credit: Courtesy of @RobAstorino (Twitter)

WESTCHESTER, N.Y. -- Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino appeared Friday night on ABC's latest episode of "20/20" to discuss the current condition of the Tappan Zee Bridge.

Astorino stood under the bridge with "20/20" correspondent Deborah Roberts during a segment about the dangers of hundreds of bridges throughout the United States, pointing out signs of visible wear and tear that make many people nervous to drive over the Tappan Zee.

Despite some visible deterioration under the bridge, Astorino said engineers have continued to deem the bridge safe.

One bridge expert told "20/20" that as an engineer he refuses to drive over the Tappan Zee, considering it structurally unsound and one of the most frightening bridges in New York. The bridge has been used seven years longer than intended, he said.

Construction of a new Tappan Zee Bridge, costing about $3.9 billion, remains in the planning stages.  The new bridge is expected to be completed by 2018.

For more information, visit The Daily Voice's coverage of the Tappan Zee Bridge project.