NY announces $200M to rehab and replace bridges throughout the state

Posted 6 July 2016 at 12:00 am

Municipalities urged to apply for funding

File photo by Tom Rivers – The Brown Street Bridge in Albion has been closed to traffic for about four years. The bridge was closed on July 18, 2012 by the state Department of Transportation after an inspection showed serious deterioration of major elements of the steel truss floor system. It is one of several canal bridges in Orleans County that are either closed or have had the weight restrictions lowered. There is no timetable for working on the Brown Street Bridge.

Press Release, Gov. Andrew Cuomo

ALBANY – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the availability of $200 million in enhanced assistance for local governments over the next two years to rehabilitate and replace bridges and culverts statewide.

This funding, provided through the Governor’s BRIDGE NY initiative, is being administered by the New York State Department of Transportation as part of its $21.1 billion five-year Capital Plan.

The BRIDGE NY program provides emphasis on 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.

“Modernizing and improving transportation infrastructure is a vital component of enhancing New York’s economic competitiveness,” Governor Cuomo said. “By helping local governments make investments to ensure the safety and reliability of their bridges, the BRIDGE NY program will literally strengthen our communities and bolster their viability.”

The $200 million in BRIDGE NY funding is available to all municipalities authorized to receive and administer State and federal transportation funding. Awards will be made through a competitive process and will support all phases of project development including design, right-of-way and construction. Evaluations will be based on the resiliency of the structure, the current bridge and culvert structural conditions, and the significance and importance of the bridge based on traffic volumes, detour considerations, the number and types of businesses served and the overall impact on commerce.

Applications for BRIDGE NY funding will be accepted through September 9, 2016. Applications may be found by clicking here.

Department of Transportation Commissioner Matthew J. Driscoll said, “As a former mayor and councilor, I recognize that local bridges matter. Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, the State is taking the steps necessary to ensure that our diverse economic regions continue to grow and compete nationally and internationally.”

“Our association has been a strong advocate for an increased multi-year funding commitment from the state for the local transportation system, one that specifically includes culvert rehabilitation and replacement,” said Tracy J. Eldridge, president of the New York State County Highway Superintendents Association. “With these BRIDGE NY funds available, my colleagues and I look forward to continuing to work with the Governor and the Department of Transportation to improve the condition, safety and functionality of our aging and ailing local bridge and culvert infrastructure for the benefit of our communities and the traveling public.”