A design for the Tappan Zee Bridge that crosses the Hudson River was recommended by New York state regulators Wednesday, reported The Journal News.
The $3.1 billion plan was the cheapest of three proposals that were sent to state regulators. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s team found the least expensive option to be the best, said special adviser Brian Conybeare, who described it as “the best value.”
The other two cost around $3.9 billion and $4.1 billion, respectively, according to a release from the state Wednesday.
The state originally estimated that the new bridge would cost around $5.2 billion.
Currently, around 138,000 vehicles cross the bridge every day, but traffic jams and delays are frequent. Maintenance is also expensive, costing some $750 million over the past decade, according to figures from the state.
As a result, Cuomo has made replacing the 56-year-old bridge a priority.
The panel’s choice will now have to be reviewed by the State Thruway Authority Board in a Dec. 17 vote, reported Newsday.
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