|Issue 226||June 25, 1999|
The project has been controversial for a variety of reasons, not least that the state rebuilt the elevated Miller Highway at a cost of $86 million just five years ago. Mayor Giuliani, who can veto state highway plans in NYC, appeared to quash the tunnel project in 1995 when he declared it would be a poor use of scarce capital funds. It is unclear now whether the Mayor's outlook has changed. Others wonder why the state seems eager to bury the highway next to Trump's development while it drags its feet on the more popular Gowanus tunnel proposal, and is seeking to impose a new elevated highway connector on the South Bronx at 177th Street.
In any case, the Empire State Development Corporation and the NY State
DOT have drafted an environmental impact statement for the Trump tunnel
that will be the subject of Wednesday's hearing.