State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I- Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) welcomed today’s announcement that numerous local bridge and culvert improvement projects in Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Tompkins and Yates counties are being awarded state aid through the latest round funding through the state’s BRIDGE-NY program.
O’Mara and Palmesano played an instrumental role in creating the new BRIDGE-NY program as part of the 2016-2017 state budget. The aid helps localities across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and statewide, undertake bridge and culvert rehabilitation and replacement projects.
In a joint statement, O’Mara and Palmesano said, “BRIDGE-NY has been an important addition to the increased state support for local transportation infrastructure. We continue to take important steps to establish stronger state support for local roads, bridges and culverts in critical need of rehabilitation and replacement. The state’s recognition over the past several years of the importance of local transportation infrastructure and parity in statewide transportation funding will continue making a significant difference for our local governments, local economies, local property taxpayers, and motorist safety locally and statewide. We will continue working with Governor Cuomo, our legislative colleagues, and local highway superintendents and leaders across this region and state on this vitally important challenge and priority. Every additional dollar of state support means a dollar less that our local property taxpayers have to pay. We need to keep making these investments in economic growth and job creation throughout the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and all across New York.”
O’Mara and Palmesano said that the following regional projects include $4.481 million to Steuben County for County Road 115 over Canisteo River, in the Lindley area. The Town of Lindley suffered a lot of damage from storms/flooding, several weeks ago.
Local roads and bridges account for 87% of the roads, 52% of the bridges, and 48% of the vehicle mileage logged in New York State.