Cuomo To Detail $1.2B For Road And Bridge Projects

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is set to announce later today the details of how the state will distribute $1.2 billion in expedited funding for road and bridge projects, a move aimed at spurring the economy and to create jobs.

The projects to be funded through the infusion of cash include $460 million to replace the Kosciuszko Bridge between Brooklyn and Queens. About $81 million is being designated for the replacement of the south span on the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge between Orange and Dutchess counties, as well as $25 million for the abatement and painting of the bridge’s north span.

Additionally, $85 million is being allocated for the Peace Bridge Toll Plaza in Buffalo, $5.5 million for the I-390 corridor improvements in Rochester, $6 million for repairs to I-390 in Livingston County and $32 million for the Patterson Bridge replacement in Corning.

Another $145 million is being designated for the Patroon Island Bridge over the Hudson River on I-90 between Albany and Rensselaer counties and $24 million for the bridge replacement on the Sprain Brook Parkway in Westchester County over Route 119.

Cuomo and the state Legislature agreed in the state budget approved last week to fund infrastructure projects sooner rather than wait for future years, with Cuomo urging that it would be a economic stimulator.

The money is coming from $247 million in state capital funds and $917 million in federal funds. The funding is in addition to $1.6 billion already allocated this year for roads and bridges, according to Cuomo’s office.

The projects need to meet a certain criteria to be put on the fast track. Cuomo’s office estimates that about 110 bridges will be rebuilt under the program.

Bridges set for repair or replacement need to be on the state’s deficit bridge list, need to be able to begin this year and be eligible for federal funding.

The plans also call for repairing 2,000 miles of the state’s troubled roads.

A series by Gannett’s Albany Bureau last fall found that 36 percent of the state’s bridges are in need of repair and a similar percentage had been deemed either structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.

Here’s the database of troubled bridges in New York.

And here’s the list of projects set to be announced today.

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