New Tappan Zee Bridge is on government fast-track

The Federal Highway Administration says the cost of a new Tappan Zee Bridge in the New York suburbs has been trimmed to $5.2 billion.

The agency says that the project will focus on the bridge alone and no mass transit components.

Extras like walk and bicycle ways and a rapid train line could raise the price tag to more than $21 billion.

The current bridge is 56 years old even though it was designed to last only 50 years.

The project was selected by President Barack Obama on Monday forquick federal approvals.

The FHA says approval of environmental and other permits couldcome within a year. It predicts the project will generate thousandsof jobs.

The Tappan Zee carries about 140,000 vehicles a dayacross the Hudson River on the state Thruway between Westchesterand Rockland counties. Traffic is expected to increase to 200,000 vehicles a day by 2030. Tappan Zee one of 14 projects to receive fast federal approval Drivers breathe sigh of relief as Tappan Zee plan is approved Tarrytown residents welcome Tappan Zee project Gov. Cuomo asks President Obama to expedite new Tappan Zee BridgeState lawmakers tour broken-down Tappan Zee BridgeGov.-elect Cuomo tours aging Tappan Zee Bridge

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