Federal loan or no federal loan, the Tappan Zee Bridge project will move forward, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday.
Speaking to reporters after a boat tour of economic-development projects in the mid-Hudson Valley, Cuomo was asked by reporters for an update on replacing the Tappan Zee Bridge, the 3.2-mile span over the Hudson River connecting Rockland and Westchester counties. The Democratic governor said the potential $5 billion project—which attracted three bids from teams of contractors—is “going very way” and is “way ahead of schedule.”
“They’re going through the bidding process to find out what is the best actual specific plan for the bridge, who’s the best contractor,” Cuomo said. “We’re also waiting for some information from Washington on potential loans, but everything is going very well.”
Cuomo was referring to a $2.9 billion loan request the state submitted to the federal government last month.
When asked what happens if the feds reject the state’s application, Cuomo had this to say:
“We have to rebuild a new bridge in any event because the old bridge is just dangerous and it’s out of date. So we have to build a new bridge, period.”