NYMTC approves new Tappan Zee Bridge project

NEW YORK - The New York Metropolitan Transportation Council approved the plan to build the new Tappan Zee Bridge today.

The county executives of Westchester, Rockland and Putnam are members of the NYMTC, and they previously said they would vote in favor of the $5.2 billion project.

The council's approval was crucial for the project to qualify for federal funds. State officials say that they will need to act quickly in getting the funding application in to the government due to competition with other states.

The state is still reviewing several contractor bids, so there's no clear picture yet of what the bridge will look like.

There is also still no word whether anyone will seek legal action to try and stop the construction. The environmental group Riverkeeper is reportedly exploring its legal options.

If there are no roadblocks, the new bridge could be a reality in 2017. AP sources were used in this report.

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