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something which may never happen in our lifetimes...

Newsday: LI Sound bridge or tunnel: An idea that spans decades

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo wants to spend $5 million on a feasibility study for a tunnel linking Long Island to the Bronx, Connecticut or Westchester County. It’s the latest development for an idea with a history spanning nearly eight decades.
Most recently, the Suffolk County Master Plan adopted in August called for exploring a bridge or tunnel across the Long Island Sound to Connecticut or Westchester.
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It should be built between New Haven & Rocky Point as a Rail Tunnel similar to the Chunnel but using the Immersed Tunnel method...
I would be partial to the former Oyster Bay to Rye route; but honestly, any trans-sound tunnel would be insane.
 

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Last I read (several years ago) it was to go underground at the north end of Route 135, then go 20 miles to Connecticut. I guess the options to where the proposal will be are wide open.
 

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they could extend 287 and start from there. I know that would never happen but if it did it would save so much time traveling to long island. I wish this was done years ago.
 

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Westchester to Long Island tunnel would cost up to $55 billion, study shows

When Cuomo had originally proposed the study in 2016, he signaled three potential landing spots for the crossing: Westchester, Connecticut or the Bronx.

The Bronx, however, dropped out of the plans at some point, with the WSP study focusing specifically on Westchester and Connecticut.
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A single tunnel tube with two lanes each way between Oyster Bay and Rye or Port Chester, for example, would carry an estimated $31.5 billion price tag, according to WSP.

A dual-tube tunnel with three lanes each way would reach $55.4 billion, while a bridge-tunnel hybrid would come in at $43.5 billion.

A bridge, meanwhile, would be significantly less expensive -- about $8 billion, according to the estimate -- but isn't technically viable, the study found.

A bridge from Kings Park to Rye or Port Chester would cost an estimated $17.5 billion, with a bridge-tunnel hybrid coming in at $27 billion. That alignment, however, would have significantly less daily demand among motorists, according to WSP.
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To Connecticut, a bridge-tunnel hybrid to Bridgeport comes in at an estimated $22.7 billion. To New Haven, the cost would rise to $32 billion.
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At least five years would be needed for scoping and environmental reviews and approvals if Cuomo decides to move forward. After that, at least 1 1/2 years would be needed for the design phase.

From there, a crossing could open approximately eight years after the start of construction, according to the study.
 

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seems a connection to CT is out

Westchester tunnel across Long Island Sound takes next step

New York officials appear to have zeroed in on Westchester for a potential tunnel across the Long Island Sound and are now turning to the private sector to gauge interest.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration issued a formal request Friday to the construction industry and private-equity investors, urging them to express interest in building a tunnel from Long Island.

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The new "Request For Expressions of Interest" from the state Department of Transportation specifically targets contractors and private investors that have experience in major infrastructure projects.

In order to submit, a contractor must have led a bridge or tunnel project of at least $1 billion in size, while equity investors would need experience with individual projects exceeding $500 million.

Contractors and investors that don't meet those requirements would be able to put together a broader partnership, similar to the consortium of companies involved in building the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge connecting Westchester and Rockland.

Those who are interested are asked to submit ideas and how they would build and, perhaps more importantly, pay for a tunnel. The deadline to submit ideas is April 2.


Cuomo announces next steps toward a Sound tunnel

“Today, we are taking another step to advance an ambitious project that would reduce traffic on the impossibly congested Long Island Expressway, improve connectivity, and help ensure the region’s future economic competitiveness,” Cuomo said in a statement.

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The study’s authors estimated between 74,300 and 86,400 vehicles would use a tunnel to Westchester per day. Together, drivers would pay more than $500 million in tolls per year, if the fee were $20 to $25 per trip.

The study, conducted by the Montreal consulting firm WSP, concluded that a Sound crossing is only viable from Oyster Bay Town in Nassau County or Kings Park in Suffolk County.

Friday’s announcement does not mention a potential link to Connecticut.

The state Department of Transportation is “asking interested parties to share their ideas on engineering, environmental, operations and financial considerations that will be used to inform the future development of a Request for Proposals,” department spokesman Joseph Morrissey said Friday.

It was unclear whether state officials have dismissed a Sound crossing to Connecticut and using a bridge.

“We believe the Long Island to Westchester option is most feasible based on our recent study but we are still in the early stages of the process,” Morrissey said.

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Acting DOT Commissioner Paul A. Karas said, “Now that our study is complete, we will conduct additional engineering, environmental and financial analysis on the project, while assessing impacts on local communities.”
 

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CT says not so fast on ruling them out:

DOT exec on Sound crossing: Too early to rule anything out

The state hasn’t ruled out building a bridge across Long Island Sound or linking Connecticut with Long Island, despite Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s talk of a tunnel to Westchester County, a top transportation official said Monday.
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“Long Island Sound is really a precious resource, and we don't want to do anything that would adversely impact the Sound or the people who make their livelihood on the Sound,” Epstein told about 50 business executives at the Melville meeting. “The goal is to improve the quality of life, economic growth and jobs.”
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“We aren’t there yet,” he said, when asked about the often-discussed Oyster Bay-Westchester linkage. “When we did the feasibility analysis...the Western Alignment (Oyster Bay to Westchester) probably had the strongest return on investment, but that doesn't mean that it is the preferred alternative at this point...All options remain on the table.”
 
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