Obama NY Visit Expected to Cause Traffic Delays

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. (AP) -
Construction crews on Tuesday work on a replacement for the 58-year-old Tappan Zee Bridge spanning the Hudson River. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
Construction crews on Tuesday work on a replacement for the 58-year-old Tappan Zee Bridge spanning the Hudson River. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Motorists should expect traffic delays during President Barack Obama’s visit to New York’s Westchester County Wednesday, where he will appear near the Tappan Zee Bridge to call on Congress to support his $302 billion transportation plan.

Obama is scheduled to speak in front of the crumbling major Hudson River crossing north of New York City. A replacement is currently being built for the nearly 60-year-old, three-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.

The visit Wednesday takes place the same day Republicans gather in Westchester to promote Rob Astorino, their nominee for governor.

Obama’s speech is part of a two-day New York trip by the president. Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are expected to attend fund-raisers for the Democratic National Committee and Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in the city on Wednesday.

On Thursday, the Obamas are set to tour the new National September 11 Memorial & Museum. The president is scheduled to speak at a dedication ceremony at the museum.