Hudson Valley News
4:39 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Hudson protectors get concessions, back NY bridge

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Two environmental groups have agreed to support the new Tappan Zee Bridge project after winning concessions from New York.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that the state has issued an environmental permit for the $3.9 billion project after reaching agreement with Riverkeeper and Scenic Hudson. The environmental groups will now get a role in monitoring construction. The state will increase a fund that will be used to repair environmental damage.

Cuomo called the groups' support "a critical step forward" for the project. They had pushed for enhancements to protections already planned for the bridge between Rockland and Westchester counties, including limited dredging to avoid peak fish migration and spawning times.

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