DOT recommends replacement for Tappan Zee

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After years of studies and discussions, state transportation officials announced Friday that they are recommending the Tappan Zee Bridge be replaced instead of repaired.

State Transportation Commissioner Astrid Glynn says replacing the bridge is the best way forward in that it provides for the shortest construction time, least environmental impact and highest performance.

The $16 billion bridge will feature high-speed lanes for buses and be capable of carrying a commuter rail line. Westchester County Executive Andy Spano says the versatility of the bridge will provide the region with good options for the future.

Glynn says if everything goes smoothly, the bridge could be finished by 2016. However, there is currently no funding for the bridge project. The DOT is working on a contract for a financial advisor to help develop funding options.

The DOT will hold public information sessions next month to explain the plan and update residents.

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