Construction Starts on New Tappan Zee Bridge

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) -

Actual building of the new Tappan Zee Bridge began Wednesday with the driving of piles that will be part of the bridge’s foundation. For months, the site in the Hudson River has been busy with pre-construction activity, including dredging and building platforms.

The $3.9 billion bridge is to replace the aging span that now connects Westchester and Rockland County. Funding is not yet in place. The state is hoping that a federal loan will help limit the expected large hike in the current $5 toll.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said some traffic should be on the new bridge by late 2016 and the entire project should be done by 2018.