Financial issues could delay TZB construction

Comptroller DiNapoli and lawmakers need to sign off on contracts and loans before construction can start.

advertisement | advertise on newsday

YONKERS - Construction on the new Tappan Zee Bridge is expected to begin early this year, but the project may be delayed due to financial issues.

Before any construction can start, state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli still needs to approve the $3.1 billion contract and federal lawmakers need to vote on a $2 billion federal loan.

Some lawmakers claim that they will not do anything until they know how the price of tolls will be affected.

Brian Conybeare, special advisor to the governor, tells News 12 that the administration is dedicated to keeping tolls "affordable for drivers across the Hudson Valley" and that a task force is being assembled to confront the issue. 

DiNapoli received the multibillion-dollar contract on Jan. 8 and technically has 90 days to sign off on it. There is no deadline for the federal vote to take place.

You also may be interested in: