December 15, 2021 - Governor Kathy Hochul announced the award of $216.2 million in enhanced assistance for 88 local governments to rehabilitate and replace bridges and culverts in every region of the State. This funding, provided through the State's BRIDGE NY initiative, supports projects that reduce the risk of flooding, improve resiliency of structures, facilitate regional economic competitiveness and prioritize projects that benefit environmental justice communities.
"The 'BRIDGE NY' program provides essential funding to enhance the safety, resiliency and reliability of critical municipally-owned infrastructure," Governor Hochul said. "We must continue to make these strategic investments in our local communities to protect our residents from the increased frequency of extreme weather events, as well as to provide New Yorkers with the modernized and streamlined infrastructure they deserve."
Today's announcement builds upon the nearly $500 million previously awarded to local governments under this initiative to enhance the quality of life for residents and businesses in every region of the State. The "BRIDGE NY" awards were made through a competitive solicitation process and will support all phases of project delivery, including design, right-of-way acquisition and construction. Projects were selected based on criteria that included the structural condition and susceptibility of the bridge or culvert to flooding and/or scour; the significance of the bridge or culvert based on detour considerations and the number and types of businesses served; benefits of the corridor on Environmental Justice Communities; and the overall impact on the movement of commerce.
The "BRIDGE NY" program is administered by the New York State Department of Transportation and part of the State's sustained efforts to enhance investments in local roads, bridges and other vital transportation infrastructure across New York State. A full list of awarded of the projects by region is available here.
Projects awarded funding in CDTC's planning area include:
- $835,000 to the Town of Guilderland (Albany County) for the replacement of the Grand Street culvert carrying the Bozen Kill Tributary
- $1.0 million to the City of Rensselaer (Rensselaer County) for the replacement of the Wilson Street culvert carrying Quackenderry Creek
- $998,000 to Saratoga County for the replacement of the County Road 24 culvert carrying the tributary to Hudson River
- $869,000 to Saratoga County for the replacement of the Scotch Bush Road (CR56) culvert carrying the tributary to Larue Creek
- $963,000 to Schenectady County for the replacement of the Old River Road (CR1) culvert carrying the tributary of the Mohawk River
- $985,000 to Schenectady County for the replacement of the Sanders Road (CR38) culvert carrying Washout Creek