New Tappan Zee Bridge could be too costly

November 20, 2008 5:24:41 PM PST
A preliminary report on building a new Tappan Zee Bridge acknowledges that the cost "could far exceed the traditional financing capacities" of the state and federal governments. The 383-page study issued Thursday suggests looking into "innovative sources" of funding.

The state Transportation Department has suggested replacing the overcrowded bridge with a larger one strong enough to carry a commuter railroad. The estimated cost is $9.3 billion.

The new report includes case studies of other projects in places from New Jersey to China. It says the Tappan Zee project would benefit from early planning and funding, working in stages as money becomes available and drawing in private money along with government resources.

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