New York state officials have been mostly quiet on how they plan to pay for the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement since announcing the project almost a decade ago.
Will upstate Thruway drivers foot part of the bill for the new bridge connecting Westchester and Rockland counties?
"There has been no upstate toll revenue used to support the construction and financing of the new bridge, and no upstate toll revenue will be necessary to cover any remaining costs as the Tappan Zee currently provides significant funding for the Thruway system," Cuomo spokeswoman Abbey Fashouer said in a statement.
The bridge last year generated more than $141 million in toll revenue, about 20 percent of what’s collected from the entire 570-mile Thruway system.
Because current Tappan Zee tolls subsidize upstate roads, some revenue source will have to make up for that subsidy.
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