Seeking to pressure Congress to keep money flowing into a federal fund for road and bridge repairs, President Barack Obama will visit New York City’s Tappan Zee Bridge on Wednesday to highlight a transportation hub that is getting funded by federal money.
Obama is scheduled to speak in front of the crumbling major Hudson River crossing to press for action. A replacement is currently being built for the nearly 60-year-old, 3-mile span at a cost of $3.9 billion, largely financed by $1.6 billion in federally backed bonds that will be paid for through higher bridge tolls.
Obama’s speech is part of a two-day New York trip. Together with first lady Michelle Obama, he is expected to attend Democrat fundraisers on Wednesday. On Thursday, the Obamas are set to tour the new National September 11 Memorial & Museum.