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Schumer calls for more federal bridge repair money

WASHINGTON – There are over 2,200 upstate bridges in dire need of repairs.  US Senator Charles Schumer has joined the effort to secure additional federal funding to upgrade them.

At present, New York 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 and the current transportation bill moving through congress would lock in that same amount until 2020.

He would like that increased by almost $50 million per year saying it is “absolutely vital to help local towns and counties keep up with the cost of maintaining over 2,200 bridges across New York State that relay on federal aid through this allocation and are at risk of closure because they are listed as either structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.”