LI Sound tunnel plan draws mixed reactions

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PORT CHESTER -

A plan to build a tunnel that would connect Long Island and Westchester County is drawing mixed reaction across the region.

On Friday, Gov. Cuomo issued a formal request to construction companies and private equity firms for interest in the $55 billion tunnel project.  

Cuomo announced his administration is looking for input on engineering, environmental operations and financial considerations for the project.

The 18-mile tunnel would go from the Rye/Port Chester area to Syosset and cut perhaps an hour off the current travel time.

But many are concerned that a tunnel would affect the Sound Shore communities and increase traffic on heavily congested I-287 and I-95.

Meighan Corbett says she's heard about the idea of building a bridge or tunnel across or under the Long Island Sound for decades and she says there are plenty of reasons it's never happened.  "Traffic, pollution, the ecosystem of Long Island Sound which is very delicate,” Corbett says.

The project will take several years of additional study, then design and finally a projected eight years of construction before the tunnel would be complete.

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