Westchester County Exec. Astorino Calling For Action With Tappan Zee Bridge

WHITE PLAINS, NY (WCBS 880) — Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino is calling for action with the Tappan Zee Bridge.

Astorino says it’s time to move off the planning stage and into the construction stage and he’s now calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to make building a replacement bridge a top priority.

“The leaders and in this case, the governor, have to make a decision and move forward,” said Astorino.

WCBS 880’s Catherine Cioffi reports: Astorino Says Enough With The Studies

The estimated cost of replacing the bridge is about $9 billion and while Astorino acknowledges that New York is having financial problems, he says the state needs to find the money.

“This is huge. It’s not just for Westchester and Rockland, this is for the state and it’s really for the entire country,” he said.

Astorino says replacing the aging bridge is about safety.

What do you think about replacing the bridge? Let us know in our comments section below…

  • VY

    There IS something wrong with the existing bridge. It will eventuall have its underwater foundation fail because it was badly underdesigned when it was built, and the underwater supports are failing.
    Any ne bridge should have 1 or 2 tracks connection Metro North’s Hudson line to Rockland, creating a 1 seat ride from Rockland and Orange Counties (and in the future a rail link into Stewart Airport) into Penn Station and Grand Central Terminal.
    Such a rail connection would spur massive increases in developement in Rockland and Orange counties because they would go from commuting hell for commuters into NYC, to a reasonable, comfortable commute. That developement may wait until the new bridge starts getting built and the next economic growth cycle after construction starts, but it will happen.

  • railien7

    Build the full-option bridge for rail, bus and cars. Spend the money now – it’ll cost more later!!!

  • Rick

    Yeah, that’s the problem “it rocks”!

  • Sri

    In my view the construction of a new bridge would create construction jobs which would help the economy, improve our age old infrastructure and it would also help in planning for the future. If cities like Oakland can construct a second bay bridge why not a big state like NY? The new bridge should be a landmark and a historical site which could become a big tourist attraction further driving the local economy.
    I like the initiative taken by Rob Astorino. Keep the good work going……

  • pest

    THere is nothing wrong with that Bridge. It rocks..

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