Obama Urges Infrastructure Push in Tappan Zee Speech

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 02:09 PM

President Obama, standing in front of the Tappan Zee Bridge in May 2014 (Andrew Burton/Getty)

With the White House projecting the Highway Trust Fund will run out of money this summer, President Barack Obama visited the Tappan Zee Bridge to press Congress for a solution.

"If they don't act by the end of the summer, federal funding for transportation projects will run out. Will run out," he said. "There will be no money. The cupboard will be bare."

The president said he wasn't willing to wait for Congress, though. Citing the fast-track permitting project used to get the new Tappan Zee Bridge off the ground, he said "we’re cutting bureaucratic red tape that stalls good projects from breaking ground."

Replacing the 50-year old bridge, he said, was long overdue. "At times, you can see the river through the cracks in the pavement. Now, I’m not an engineer, but I figure that’s not good."

He added the country was risking its economic supremacy by neglecting roads and bridges. "Nearly half our people don’t have access to transit at all," he said.


Read more about the White House's infrastructure plans here.


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here is the infrastructural toilet bowl of america wait wait when WHEN was the last time the stupid state of n.y. even built a major monumental bridge ? this was the question i asked the SYNCOPHANT AT THE WHOREHOUSE IN MORNINGSIDE HTS. YES U WOULD HAVE TO go back to the FIRST WORLD TOUR OF THE BEATLES AT SHEA STADIUM!LOOK there is only one terminology for describing the CRIMINAL NEGLIGENCE AND DERELICTION OF DUTY on the part of your benighted BOOTLESS BLASPHEMOUS state capitol in ALBANY N.Y. NO wonder n.y. is the infrastructural toilet bowl of america again i asked the SYNCOPHANT at the WHOREHOUSE IN MORNINGSIDE HTS. stooge did anyone in your network of APOSTATE IVY LEAGUE SCHOOL SYSTEMS BAAL GOES TO YALE did any of these DUMB DOGS ISA. 56 verse 10 do a cost benefit analysis of not building the RYE OYSTER BAY BRIDGE IN 1971 ? OF COURSE NOT look the GERIATRIC WEASEL robert caro said bridge building was a waste of tax payer revenues really REALLY WHAT better way to RUIN EMASCULATE ABOMINATE DEGENERATE EVISERATE TOURISM IN N.Y.S. AND NEW ENG. THEN to allow your infrastructure to go to rack and ruin and UNBUILT UNBUILT BRIDGES such as the magnificent wealth producing JOB CREATING transgenerational epocal engineering MASTERPIECE by the greatest civic master builder of the last 1000 yrs. robert moses but the PUSSILLAMINOUS PIPSQUEAKS OF THE NASSAU county planning commission REBUFFED robert moses brillant sorely needed daring monumental epocal transgenerational ENGINEERING GENIUS remember n.y. WAS STILL THE EMPIRE STATE IN 1971 but no these PUSILLAMINOUS PIPSQUEAKS SUCCUMBED to the SIREN SONGS OF THE POST MENUPASUAL SLUT WHO HATED HATED CARS jane jacobs and the GERIATRIC WEASEL caro again no wonder your stupid state is the infrastructural toilet bowl of america and LONG ISLAND has degenerated into A DEMONIC DEATHTRAP with no NORTH SOUTH EVACUATION ROUTE THANX TO THE UNBUILT BRIDGES THESE poor slob motorists must now SCHELPP their way out on the L.I.E . the long island distressway the world,s LONGEST PARKING LOT TO SODOM. YOUR STUPID STATE SHOULD HAVE APICTURE of the garbage barge remember 1987 and that notorious blasphemous barge docked in gravesend bay BROOKLYN that THAT ATROCIOUS OUTRAGEOUS BLASPHEMOUS PICTURE should be superimposed on every liscence plate in your stupid state for you r no longer the EMPIRE STATE EMPIRE STATES need empire builders not the pusillaminous pipsqueaks such as the NASSAU COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION who SUCCUMBED TO THE SIREN SONGS of the post menupasual slut who HATED CARS jane jacobs and the GERIATRIC WEASEL robert caro who still lives in SODOM ON 95 TH street and works part time for the NOXIOUSN.Y.TIMES a paper i reserve for the PARAKEET CAGE. THIS CRIMINAL NEGLIGENCE on the part of the garbage barge state of n.y. has plunged you into a DEATHTRAP SCENARIO IN THE INFRA RED REALITY OF THE 21 TH CEN.MY mother had a spoiled stink,in flea bitten POODLE named SANDY.!

May. 26 2014 12:28 AM
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY

Whether you agree with building a new Tappan Zee Bridge, this is an important crossing and needs to be done, though I still feel that renovating the existing one would be a better idea, and probably would have costed less, but the only drawback was that it was built with materials that wasn't designed to last.

May. 16 2014 02:21 PM

I would not be suprised at all if the transportation project monies went dry and there was no monies there to replace any money that may be lost due to lateness etc. By the time the transportation monies reach down to certain project level, there may be no money left for certain important transportation projects that are being built now. The time is NOW for to get any extra monies for these transportation projects and NOT later when it might suit somebody. Should we have another winter like the very tough snowney winter we had last winter, we here in New York City could be in BIG trouble. There are plenty of transportation projects here in New York City for the transportation monies to be directed to.

May. 15 2014 11:11 AM

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