If you hate the ferry, listen up, because this wonderful news directly affects you. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to give us a new way to cross Long Island Sound.
Hartford Courant reports that Cuomo aims to construct a bridge or tunnel that’ll allow commuters to cut across the sound. His proposed terminals are either Bridgeport or New Haven.
However, the price tag might be a bit of a deal breaker.
But, the benefits far outweigh the negatives, says the Governor.
“It would reduce traffic on the impossibly congested Long Island Expressway, and would offer significant potential private investment.”
Well… if THAT’S the case…
If this successfully undoes the bottleneck between 58th and 48th Streets, then I’m all ears. That span of highway ranks as one of the worst traffic areas in the nation.
Considering America is in the midst of a major moving spree amongst millennials, New York needs to make itself as attractive as possible. And that means unclogging one of the most congested areas in the state.
But, back to the price tag. That Long Island Sound bridge or tunnel costs anywhere between $8.5 to $55.4 billion. Considering New York enjoys significantly less funding woes than CT, it’s no wonder why their DOT called the project “feasible.”
Even though they also called the project “audacious.”
But as for CT joining in on the fray, don’t hold your breath. Our lovely Governor Dan Malloy threatened to strangle $4.3 billion in funding to our transportation funding. You know… because our lawmakers spend 50 percent of all special transportation fund money on non-transportation projects?
Either way, Connecticut and New York residents are both watching this project very closely. Politicians flirted with constructing a bridge over Long Island Sound since 1934.
This time, however, it might finally become reality. Although officials still have to figure out what else to do with the tunnel and/or bridge. More importantly if they will possibly include rail lines.
What do you think? Could we eventually see a bridge or tunnel spanning Long Island Sound?