State Confident Federal TZ Funds Will Come Through

New York State does not have access to loan this cycle, but may in the future

Though the undertaking to build a new Tappan Zee Bridge , state and highway officials are confident the funds will materialize later down the line.

New York State was excluded from applying for the current stash of TIFIA funds, but Thomas Madison, executive director of the New York State Thruway Authority, said it will be able to down the line—and that there are other pots of federal money, as well.

"We are very pleased that the Tappan Zee has been placed on a shortlist," Madison added.

The news broke Thursday afternoon that New York State was not invitied to apply; instead, smaller projects in states like California, Texas, Virginia and Colorada received the green light.

State officials said this cycle's TIFIA pot is $100 million, only a fraction of the cost of the $5.2 billion Tappan Zee Bridge.

Once congress authorizes the upcoming transportation budget, the Tappan Zee Bridge's application will be reconsidered. There is no set date yet as to when the budget approval may take place.

Construction leaders remain optimistic, too, saying plans to construct the bridge must not be put on hold.

"By choosing five other projects ahead of the Tappan Zee Bridge, the feds sent a twofold message to New York," said Ross Pepe, president and Construction Industry Council of Westchester & Hudson Valley, Inc.. "The first is that the bridge replacement project clearly qualifies because of the regional significance of the project. Secondly, that we must move forward without delay." 

"The fact that the Tappan Zee Bridge was being considered meant that we ran neck and neck in the race," he added. "Every stakeholder in the region must continue to stay committed to the safety and well-being of the tens of thousands of commuters and highway users who travel the bridge daily. Let's continue to move this project forward, and let’s reapply for these and other federal funding sources."


For a closer look at the TIFIA process and the Tappan Zee Bridge's relation, click .

Dan Seidel April 27, 2012 at 11:03 PM
Obama to New York: DROP DEAD!!! O has NY "locked up" so the $$ goes to key battleground states for necessary Electoral College votes. Scammed...... and NY'ers bought this - hook, line and sinker. POTUS can do anything and noone says "boo!". It's the end of western civlization - and I am living thru this - never thought I would - wow. NOBAMA!!!!
WhatsourCharge April 27, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Bingo Danny, couldn't agree more. When you look at the other candidate it's more of the same nightmare. Revolution will be coming, even to an area near you. Can't wait to watch the reaction of the brethren in the area. Truly can't wait.
Dan Seidel April 27, 2012 at 11:42 PM
Is this why "our" government ordered 430 Million rounds of ammo - various calibers - for delivery to DHS? Hollow point included? The coming zombie apocalypse - we were warned..... Such interesting times we live in...or maybe will die in. I'll take my chances with the devil I do not yet know - The One I know I can not stomach: he is a cancer and is killing the world - I figure it cannot get worse under Romney - at least he knows not to EAT a dog, an animal which helped humans evolve and visa versa.
Issy April 27, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Please a round of Valium for Dan and a big dose of reality.
SRT April 28, 2012 at 01:07 AM
Dan, Dan , Dan, Try and keep your paranoia in check, it is getting in the way of your occasional rational thought and apparently your reading comprehension. DHS just bought 450 million rounds of ammo, not 430. To you that might not seem like a significant difference but if you knew what I know, that 20 million extra rounds is a very significant factor. I am not sure if you have done the math but that 20 million difference breaks down to 40,000 per state or 39,215 per govenmental unit if you include the district of Columbia. I am sure I don't have to tell you what that means.
Dan Seidel April 28, 2012 at 11:18 AM
Morning SRT: soooooo, what do YOU know about this that we "out of the loopers" do not? I guess the free flow of info will allow informed decisions in our still extant Republic. anyway, my calculator says yours left off a zero - 20,000,000 divided by 51 = 392,156.8627 - per state/DC unit. I guess then 2 can be lined up for one shot instead of 3? Eases the burdens on the brownshirt army? Now, how much does each 100 count container of .440 shotgun shells weigh, and how many 45 foot trailers (10-12 ton max for efficient speedy transport) would it take to disperse in timely manner at 55 mph through the state? What resources would have to be commandeered by DHS and POTUS to effect a distribution within 24 hours? good math question for future classes? one can include so many variables such as zombie attacks, obstructions, radiation, free fire zones, IED's, etc. New World Order!! maybe we can chip in and buy one of these (I keep a clean house) : http://www.missilebases.com/properties
Dan Seidel April 28, 2012 at 11:52 AM
sometimes ya' just feel that a thorazine drip and a drool cup would be grand. 2012 seems to be that kind of year. woo hoo!
SRT April 28, 2012 at 11:58 AM
Dan , Thank you for correcting my math, that was just a test to make sure you are with us. It is important that you we stay vigilant in the face to the Obama marxist onslaught against our liberties, reproductive rights, consumer rights and the mind control that is being set in place through cyber space. There will be no need to commandeer trucks and trailers, the supplies for the suppression will be transported through the vast fleets of black helicopters that have been mothballed in the desert outside Tucson since the nineties. My sources tell me that the plan is rolling out as we speak. Be strong, be vigilant, we will need to be the bulwark against the jack booted thugs and they come for our familes!
Dan Seidel April 28, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Old Jew Ghetto song: Di Partisaner Lid. I guess every generation has it's crisis. Got topos? paper - no signals..... Elmer Fudd would say: depwessing, ain't it? ohhhhhhh...!
LaMigra April 28, 2012 at 01:40 PM
This is what happens when civilizations crumble. There is that power void that others feel the need to fill, no matter how it's done. The hate is building, the economies of the world are falling apart. The cheap energy is gone and the resource wars are not far away. He who is most organized with the best weapons will win. All will suffer
SRT April 28, 2012 at 02:18 PM
La Migra, The resource wars for oil are here, the one's over water are coming. Not all will suffer, only the usual suspects.
Francis T McVetty April 30, 2012 at 05:59 PM
The District of Colombia, they don't need the ammunition the citizens are already disarmed!!!
Walden Macnair May 01, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Dan, If there truly were a conspiracy and there truly were black helicopters, wouldn't they have neutralized you already?
Dan Seidel May 01, 2012 at 01:24 PM
one watches one's opponents before one decides to take action. Maybe they use me for attracting others/outing others thru comments and activities - associations - identify and target - then move in at once. intel gathering, no? now that is REAL conspiracy thinking!!! or not.... :>) who knows?!!!! it makes great reading and reality TV life. Old lefties like me grew up on this stuff. At least I know for sure (the fam used to joke about it!) - our mail was opened and then taped shut for years - real class acts! - antiwar stuff from East Germany, etc. SANE Nuclear Policy mailings? so sumtin wuz/iz up. It wasn't the post office or the mailman!
Dan Seidel May 01, 2012 at 01:29 PM
PS: "they" would use the Heart Attack gun, like "they" did on Breitbart (Frank Church Senate Hearings- 1975 - Goldwater is playing with the gun on video), Matt SImmons (BP/oil industry insider whistleblower).... and about 20 others... another conspiracy!


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