Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday indicated a portion of the new Tappan Zee Bridge will be paid for with a combination of cash and tolls spread out through the Thruway system in New York.

“The bridge is coming in at a lower cost than we anticipated,” Cuomo said, pointing to the design-build method of construction used to build it. “All the tolls are frozen through 2020. We have used cash to pay for part of the bridge for the last two years and the remainder after 2020 will be paid with toll revenue from the entire system.”

It remains unclear, however, how much tolls on the new bridge or on the entire system will be once the freeze ends. Cuomo said the first half of the new bridge will open Aug. 25.

The bridge is being renamed in honor of Mario Cuomo, the governor’s father who served three terms in office.

Cuomo comments came at a breakfast meeting on Thursday in New York City at the Association for a Better New York in response to a question from Republican Committee Chairman Ed Cox.

“You’re right to be proud of the Mario Cuomo Bridge and nearing completion of the $3 billion project,” Cox told Cuomo.

The governor needled Cox when discussing the history of the project, saying the push to build a bridge has been initiated for years, first discussed by Gov. George Pataki, a Republican.

“I’m probably about the fourth governor who talked about replacing the Tappan Zee Bridge,” Cuomo said. “It just never happened and when we talk about the cynicism of government, that’s part of it.”