November 13, 2018
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces More Than $262 Million in 'Bridge NY' Funding to Repair and Replace Local Bridges and Culverts

TOP Governor Cuomo Announces More Than $262 Million...

Initiative Part of Record Level State Support for the Renewal and Modernization of Local Road and Bridge Infrastructure 

 

Funding Will Support 165 Projects in 95 Communities Across New York State

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced more than $262.2 million in enhanced funding has been awarded to municipal governments to accelerate the renewal and modernization of local bridges and culverts. As part of the State's BRIDGE NY initiative, these awards will fund 165 individual projects in 95 communities across the State. This funding builds on the $300 million in enhanced assistance made available to municipal governments for accelerated bridge and culvert projects since 2015.

 

"Investing in transportation infrastructure is critical to our economic prosperity and the safety of New Yorkers and visitors alike," Governor Cuomo said. "By providing Bridge NY funding to local governments in every region of the State, we are ensuring bridges and culverts remain safe and reliable and continue supporting economic growth for decades to come."

 

"Investing in infrastructure is a proven economic development strategy, and here in New York we are dedicating resources with the BRIDGE NY initiative to assist municipalities across the state," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "Addressing structural deficiencies will strengthen our transportation network and improve safety for motorists and pedestrians. This funding will allow communities to invest in priority projects and is a down-payment for continued progress."

 

The BRIDGE NY initiative focuses on projects that address deteriorated structural conditions; mitigate weight restrictions or long detours; facilitate economic development or increase competitiveness; and/or reduce the risk of flooding.

 

The 165 projects, which includes 86 bridges and 79 culverts, were selected following a competitive process that considered, among other factors, the structural condition of a bridge or culvert and its resiliency and significance, based upon traffic volumes and detour considerations. A full list of awarded projects and funding dollars is available here.

 

Awarded projects were located in every region of the state:

 

 

EDC Region

# of Bridge Awards

# of Culvert Awards

Total # of Awards

Amount of Bridge Awards (millions)

Amount of Culvert Awards (millions)

Total Amount of Awards

(millions)

Capital Region

9

15

24

$17.37

$12.16

$29.53

North County

10

8

18

$20.02

$4.64

$24.66

Mohawk Valley

9

5

14

$21.32

$3.99

$25.31

Central NY

10

7

17

$17.27

$5.72

$22.99

Finger Lakes

10

10

20

$10.17

$6.56

$16.74

Western NY

8

7

15

$13.08

$4.55

$17.63

Southern Tier

15

12

27

$28.09

$4.85

$32.94

Mid-Hudson Valley

11

14

25

$25.32

$7.71

$33.03

Long Island

2

1

3

$19.17

$1.00

$20.17

New York City

2

0

2

$39.20

$0.00

$39.20

Grand Total

86

79

165

$211.01

$51.19

$262.20

 

Department of Transportation Acting Commissioner Paul A. Karas said, "A strong economy depends on a safe, reliable transportation system and our BRIDGE NY program is a critically important investment in our infrastructure that will help ensure people and goods get where they need to go safely. Governor Cuomo is to be applauded for his continued smart investments in New York State's vast network of local bridges and culverts."

 

The Department of Transportation's five-year capital plan includes $550 million in BRIDGE NY program funds for the accelerated repair and replacement of local bridges and culverts. This enhanced assistance is in addition to the $1 billion provided annually to municipal governments for the renewal and modernization of roads and bridges, which is vital to regional economic competitiveness.  

 

The BRIDGE NY program is administered by the New York State Department of Transportation and is part of a $23.3 billion multi-year capital plan to upgrade critical roads, bridges and other vital transportation infrastructure across New York State.

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