Projects Protect Public Safety and Support Economic Growth by Repairing or Replacing 10 Capital Region Bridges and Culverts
Round One of $1 Billion BRIDGE NY Initiative
Part of $21.1 Billion Multi-Year Capital Plan to Upgrade Roads and Bridges Across New York
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $5.9 million to rehabilitate and replace 10 bridges and culverts across the Capital Region. The funding, provided through Round One of the Governor's BRIDGE NY initiative, is part of a $21.1 billion multi-year capital plan to upgrade critical roads, bridges, and other vital transportation infrastructure across New York State.
“Infrastructure is the key to our prosperity and through this program, we are providing funding to local governments in every corner of this state to help ensure their bridges remain reliable, resilient, and able to meet the demands of current and future generations of New Yorkers," Governor Cuomo said. "This is another step toward a safer, stronger and more secure New York for all."
The BRIDGE NY program emphasizes projects that address poor structural conditions; mitigate weight restrictions or long detours; facilitate economic development or increase competitiveness; and/or reduce the risk of flooding. It is administered by the New York State Department of Transportation.
Projects were selected for funding through a competitive process that evaluated the resiliency of each structure; current structural conditions; and the significance and importance of the bridge, including traffic volumes, detour considerations, number and types of businesses served; and impacts on commerce. A full list of projects and funding dollars for the Capital Region is below:
- $850,000 to the city of Cohoes (Albany County) for Columbia Street (State Route 470) over Eagles Nest Creek
- $300,000 to the town of Catskill (Greene County) for Pennsylvania Avenue over a tributary to Kaaterskill Creek
- $1.093 million to the town of Nassau (Rensselaer County) for Murdock Road over the Tsatsawassa Creek
- $1.128 million to Saratoga County for Middle Grove Road (County Route 21) over the Kayaderosseras Creek
- $130,000 to Saratoga County Department of Public Works for Kinns Road (County Route 109) over Dwaas Kill\
- $125,000 to Saratoga County Department of Public Works for Vischer Ferry Road (County Route County Route 90) over Dwaas Kill
- $400,000 to Saratoga County Department of Public Works for Bakersville Road (County Route 16) over Glowegee Tributary
- $788,000 to Schenectady County for Scotch Ridge Road (County Route 70) over a tributary of Normans Kill
- $342,000 to the town of Fort Ann (Washington County) for Hogtown Road over Mt. Hope Brook
- $750,000 to Columbia County for County Route 21 over a tributary to Agawamuck Creek
Department of Transportation Commissioner Matthew J. Driscoll said, “Keeping our bridges safe is of the utmost importance. This BRIDGE NY funding for local bridges and culverts shows a commitment by Governor Cuomo to do whatever is necessary to protect public safety and continue to grow local economies across New York State.”
Announced as part of Governor Cuomo’s FY 2017 Budget, the $1 billion BRIDGE NY program will replace, rehabilitate, and maintain vital state and local bridges in order to improve safety and critical economic growth. Half of the money will be spent on state-owned bridges, while the other half will be doled out to municipalities for critical local projects.
BRIDGE NY funding is available to all municipalities authorized to receive and administer State and federal transportation funding. Applications for grants from the first round of funding were due last fall.