Projects Will Protect Public Safety, Support Economic Growth by Repairing or Replacing 10 Mohawk Valley 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 $13.3 million in funding to rehabilitate and replace 10 bridges and culverts across the Mohawk Valley 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.
“By providing BRIDGE NY funding to local governments, we are building safer, more reliable bridges, protecting public safety, and bolstering economic growth in communities across the state," Governor Cuomo said. "Our transportation infrastructure is critical both to helping people safely get to where they need to go and in supporting the long-term economic vitality of New York."
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 Mohawk Valley is below:
- $523,000 to the city of Johnstown (Fulton County) for Route 29 over Cayadutta Creek
- $2.425 million to the town of German Flatts (Herkimer County) for Richfield Street Over Steele Creek
- $521,000 to the town of Remsen (Oneida County) for Roberts Road over Little Black Creek
- $1.33 million to the town of Whitestown (Oneida County) for Utica Street over Oriskany Creek
- $599,000 to Oneida County for Hawkinsville Road over Black River
- $447,000 to Oneida County for Woodhull Road over Woodhull Creek
- $4.75 million to the town of Verona (Oneida County) for Higginsville Road over the Erie Barge Canal
- $33,000 for the city of Amsterdam (Montgomery County) for Forest Avenue over North Chuctanunda Creek
- $2.358 million to Schoharie County for Shady Tree Lane over Cobleskill Creek
- $325,000 to Otsego County for County Route 16 over Clarks Brook
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 all across New York State.”
Announced as part of Governor Cuomo’s FY2017 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.