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NY gov. suggests bridge, tunnel to connect CT to LI

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo suggests that a bridge or tunnel should be built to connect Long Island’s north shore to either Connecticut or Westchester. (WFSB) New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo suggests that a bridge or tunnel should be built to connect Long Island’s north shore to either Connecticut or Westchester. (WFSB)
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This week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo suggested that a bridge or tunnel should be built to connect Long Island’s north shore to either Connecticut or Westchester.

"The only way to get off of it is you have to drive all the way to end or you have to be a heck of a swimmer. Those are the two options right? So we're researching the use of the waterfront,” Cuomo said.

It is an ambitious project that has been looked at in the past, and now Cuomo wants a $5 million study to look at the feasibility of a project estimated to cost $10 billion.

From the New York side, the issue is the lengthy daily commute many on the island face, and in Connecticut, those heading to Long Island for business or pleasure would see a quicker trip.

"I think a tunnel would be a great idea, anything that could save a lot of commuters time, save gas, and offer another option for getting from point A to point B,” said Mark Feller of Stamford.

Plenty of people say they are intrigued by the idea of a tunnel from Long Island to Connecticut, but what would make them pause is the potential price tag.

"Part one, it’s not a bad idea, but part two, where the heck is the money going to come from? I think it’s ludicrous almost,” said Chris Ventre of Branford.

A spokesperson for Gov. Dannel Malloy said “We have laid out our 30-year vision for transportation to grow jobs, boost our economy, and deliver a best-in-class infrastructure. We believe it's important that our vision aligns with those of other states."

"At one time we were better at planning and we were better at envisioning.  You look at New York, you look at the metropolitan region.  It was all premised on a vision of growth and of potential and of tremendous daring,” Cuomo said.

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