County Executive Rob Astorino said President Obama’s announcement to fast track the construction of a new Tappan Zee bridge was “good news with some uncertainty.”
In appearing on Capitol Tonight, the Westchester County executive said there are a lot of question marks, notably the price tag. He expressed concerns that the federal government estimated costs would be $5 billion, when other cost estimates are anywhere from $9 billion to $16 billion.
“My concern is that they’re going to replace a 1955 bridge with another 1955 bridge,” he said. “You have to construct a bridge for 50 years down the road.”
He said some sort of rapid transit would have to be part of a new bridge. In the second part of the segment he also addressed ongoing issues with labor unions and his calls to have them contribute to health care costs.
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Details of the project are expected to be unveiled within two weeks.