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Money for Saratoga, Schenectady Co. bridges approved

Money for Saratoga, Schenectady Co. bridges approved

Grants would cover 80 percent of projects' costs
Money for Saratoga, Schenectady Co. bridges approved
Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks with the media in December 2014.
Photographer: PATRICK DODSON

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Wednesday announced infrastructure grants to repair or replace four bridges or culverts in Saratoga County, as well as one bridge in Schenectady County.

The projects were included in $5.9 million worth of Capital Region bridge rehabilitation projects approved by the governor under the BRIDGE-NY initiative, a competitive grant program.

"This is another step toward a safer, stronger and more secure New York for all," Cuomo said, in announcing the spending.

Among the grants awarded:

  • $1.128 million to Saratoga County for replacement of the Middle Grove Road bridge over the Kayaderosseras Creek in Greenfield.
  • $400,000 for the Saratoga County Department of Public Works to repair the Barkersville Road bridge over a Gloweegee Creek tributary in Galway.
  • $130,000 for Saratoga County rehabilitation of the Kinns Road bridge over the Dwaas Kill in Clifton Park.
  • $125,000 for Saratoga County to rehabilitate the Vischer Ferry Road culvert at the Dwaas Kill in Clifton Park.
  • In Schenectady County, the grants include $788,000 for repair of the Scotch Ridge Road bridge over a tributary of the Normans Kill in Princetown.

In the Mohawk Valley, Cuomo announced funding for three bridge projects:

  • $2.36 million to Schoharie County for the Shady Tree Lane bridge over the Cobleskill Creek in Cobleskill.
  • $523,000 to the city of Johnstown for repairs to the Route 29 bridge over the Cayadutta Creek.
  • $33,000 to the city of Amsterdam for repairs to the bridge carrying Forest Avenue over the North Chuctanunda Creek.

The grants cover up to 80 percent of project costs, with local governments making up the difference. Cuomo said the BRIDGE-NY program is for work on bridges that are in poor structural condition, have restrictive weight limits, are at risk during flooding or the repair of which would facilitate economic development. The money is administered by the state Department of Transportation.

Reach Gazette reporter Stephen Williams at 395-3086, [email protected] or @gazettesteve on Twitter.

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