As you’ve no doubt heard, plans for a tunnel from Rye through the Long Island Sound to the North Shore of Long Island are back on the table.
A Sound crossing has been debated since 1938 with multiple plans scuttled by fierce community opposition in Westchester and on Long Island. Robert Moses pushed a plan, ultimately killed in the 1970s.
Back then, State Assemblyman Steve Otis, then Mayor of Rye, said “I believe this proposal would have a devastating impact on all of Westchester by clogging the I-287 corridor and I-95 to parking-lot conditions.”
“Today, we are taking another step to advance an ambitious project that would reduce traffic on the impossibly congested Long Island Expressway, improve connectivity, and help ensure the region’s future economic competitiveness,” Cuomo said in a statement.
His announcement comes after the release this month of a study that estimated a Sound tunnel would cost between $31.5 billion and $55.4 billion to build, depending on location and whether there are one or two tubes, according to Newsday.
The study’s authors estimated between 74,300 and 86,400 vehicles would use a tunnel to Westchester per day. Together, drivers would pay more than $500 million in tolls per year, if the fee were $20 to $25 per trip.
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