President Obama is heading to New York on Wednesday to speak in front of the Tappan Zee Bridge and call for more infrastructure spending, according to a White House official.

Obama will also highlight his administration’s push to speed up the approval timelines for massive infrastructure projects and modernize the permitting process.

The Tappan Zee Bridge replacement project, of course, is a major feather in the cap of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who had pointed to the delay in building a new span between Westchester and Rockland counties a symbol of government dysfunction.

The bridge replacement project, currently underway at an adjacent location to the current bridge, is expected to cost about $3.9 billion, a price tag for New York that is being aided by a $1.6 billion federal loan.

The state is also turning to bond sales to pay for the bridge replacement, though questions remain on whether toll hikes will be used to offset some of the costs.

The bridge replacement project also benefitted from the federal government’s expedited approval process announced in October 2011.

Obama’s Wednesday visit also coincides with the first day of the state Republican convention, due to be held in Rye Brook, Westchester County.

Republicans are expected next week to formally designate Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino its preferred nominee to challenge Cuomo this fall.

Any news made out of the state convention — especially in the suburban media — will likely be trumped by the president’s visit. Cuomo, as he has in the past presidential visits to New York, will likely attend Obama’s Wednesday event.

Astorino has been skeptical of the state’s plans to pay for the bridge replacement.