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State Unveils Design Options For New Tappan Zee Bridge

New York State Thruway Authority To Make Final Decision On Dec. 17
The Tappan Zee Bridge is seen from Chopper 880 (file / credit: Tom Kaminski / WCBS 880)

The Tappan Zee Bridge is seen from Chopper 880 (file/credit: Tom Kaminski/WCBS 880)

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ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – The New York State Thruway Authority on Wednesday released three options for a new Tappan Zee Bridge.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said an advisory board favors the least expensive option, which would cost $3.14 billion.

The other two options both cost about $4 billion. All three came in under the initial cost estimate of more than $5 billion.

New Tappan Zee Bridge Design Option #1 (credit: www.newnybridge.com)

New Tappan Zee Bridge Design Option #1 (credit: http://www.newnybridge.com)

The final decision on which span will be chosen will be made by the Thruway Authority on Dec. 17.

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According to a release, the bridge designs would take between five and six years to complete.

The public can weigh in on the three design options.

New Tappan Zee Bridge Design Option #2 (credit: www.newnybridge.com)

New Tappan Zee Bridge Design Option #2 (credit: http://www.newnybridge.com)

If the least expensive option is chosen, it could mean the toll increase may be smaller, according to the governor’s office.

On Wednesday, the governor said he has not yet heard a decision about a federal loan for the span that would cover $2.4 billion to $2.9 billion of the cost.

It has been previously reported that the toll on the Westchester to Rockland span is expected to increase from $5 to $14.

New Tappan Zee Bridge Design Option #3 (credit: www.newnybridge.com)

New Tappan Zee Bridge Design Option #3 (credit: http://www.newnybridge.com)

Over the summer, county executives from Rockland, Westchester and Putnam voted unanimously to back construction of a new Hudson River span.

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