State Unveils Design Options For New Tappan Zee Bridge

New York State Thruway Authority To Make Final Decision On Dec. 17

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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