Tarrytown residents welcome Tappan Zee project

Tarrytown residents say they welcome the Tappan Zee Bridge project slated to be fast-tracked by the Obama administration and hope the reconstruction will end the constant traffic jams near their homes.

Despite fears that some property could be taken to make way for the new project, neighbors say it's about time progress was made.

"You can't stop progress, 50 years ago, no one wanted this bridge, but they did it and progress moved forward," says Sal Zambelletti, of Tarrytown.

County Executive Rob Astorino (R-Westchester) says the federal government has not set any money aside yet for a new bridge that could include bus rapid transit and commuter rail.

He says once the design is ultimately chosen, a bidding war will begin on how much it could cost. He says time is of the essence because the overcrowded bridge continues to age.

For more on President Barack Obama's decision to expedite the Tappan Zee Bridge project, go to channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select iO Extra.

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