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that would be ungood.
I also watched that special on the History Channel. The potential termite damage to the wooden pilings is disturbing. Pieces of the bridge deck falling into the Hudson doesn't sound too appealing either. I've only crossed the Tappan Zee once just to say I've done so, but after seeing what I saw on tv, I doubt I'd do so again.
The Tappan Zee is rated at 3.708 (7 is the best, 1 is the worst). See page 3 of this PDF.The special was called "The Crumbling of America". Another bridge covered was even worse than the Tappan Zee. The Dover Bridge in Idaho received a sufficiency rating of 2 out of 100.
I also watched this History Channel special. While I didn't detect any out and out lies, I think that they sensationalized the issue.