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Sen. Schumer Pushing For More Federal Funding to Repair Bridges in NY
By Joe Gullo
WASHINGTON - New York Senator Chuck Schumer (D) is pushing for more federal funding to repair bridges across the state.
A press release says in the North Country, there are 318 bridges that are either structurally deficient or functionally obsolete. Statewide there are more than 2,200 bridges in need of repair.
“Keeping our bridges in good health is a top priority for communities across the state," said Schumer. “More and more of our local bridges are in need of repairs each year, but local budgets have gotten tighter and federal funding to maintain these smaller bridges has not kept up with demand."
New York State currently receives $71 million per year from the federal government that must be spent on repairs and maintenance of local bridges not on the federal aid system.
Schumer says that the current bill moving through Congress would lock this same funding level in until 2020, despite many bridges are deteriorating faster than local communities can repair them.
Here's a list of bridges that were listed as structurally deficient or functionally obsolete. Data was provided by Senator Schumer's office.