(NEW YORK) -- President Obama says it's time to end government gridlock for infrastructure projects around the country.
Obama spoke in Tarrytown, New York, Wednesday, at the site of a new bridge set to replace the 50-year-old Tappan Zee Bridge.
"Behind me is the old Tappan Zee Bridge, the longest bridge in New York and one of the busiest bridges around. As any commuter will tell you, it is crowded," Obama said.
The President said he's instating a national permit center to do the same for other big infrastructure projects to help roads and bridges out of government gridlock:
"After Republicans in Congress refused to pass multiple bills that would have put construction workers back to work, I took action on my own to fast-track the permitting process for major projects like this one," Obama said. "We're announcing 11 more projects to accelerate, to get moving faster. From Boston South Station to Pensacola Bay Bridge to new light rail projects north and south of Seattle."
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