Engineers first choice today when designing a bridge to carry traffic provided that the longest section of road deck to be installed ranges between 150 and 915 meters is a Cable Stayed Bridge. At these lengths the thinner deck and minimalist pattern of cable-stays almost always beats out the alternatives in cost, time and material savings.
Cable-stay is inadvisable for bridges with a main span longer than 915 meters because the towers would have to soar twice as high as the towers of a suspension bridge of the same length to string enough cables to hold the road deck in place. For very long bridges, traditional suspension wins out.
The longest strip of road to be lifted into place on the New NY Bridge will be 365 meters.