New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is behind one of the modern massive infrastructure projects in America. This is about a new bridge that is going to replace the old Tappan Zee bridge. Westbound travelers will no longer use the old structure but the new construction as of August 25, 2017.
This Week, Westbound Commuters Will Start Using One Span of the New Tappan Zee Bridge
As of Friday, one span of New York’s new bridge will start welcoming westbound traffic. This will mark the beginning of the total replacement of a 62-year-old bridge. This construction became the face of American’s uproar against the antique infrastructure that is about to crumble. The second span is scheduled to open next spring.
The $4 billion-worth bridge connects Westchester County to the New York State Thruway and covers a 3-mile long distance. This is one of the largest projects within public infrastructure that the U.S. hosted in recent years. The bridge is a statement of the latest engineering that is ready to support 50 million vehicles a year.
On the other hand, the newly born infrastructure star will enter into effect with the burden of a conflicting background. The project began in 2013 by the Thruway Authority. However, it took decades of political fights to start off such a grand endeavor. The reminiscent of such conflicts is still glooming the project. Critics are demanding the state to reveal the financial sources they used to pay for the new Tappan Zee bridge.
The Community Fears Extra Tolls and Taxes to Cover the Funds for the Massive Project
On the one hand, businesses and citizens fear that the state is going to impose new traffic tolls to support the financial burden of the bridge. On the other hand, a spokeswoman for Cuomo stated that this would not be the case. The state did not and won’t raise taxes to cover the costs. The representative continued by saying that the old Tappan Zee is generating enough funds for the moment to support the entire construction system.
So far, the state allocated $2 billion from bank settlements for the project. On top of that, they added $1.6 billion in federal loan. Moreover, the project is going to help other counties as well. There are already several of them that requested around 150 deck panels from the old bridge for reuse.
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