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NYS to receive roughly $6 billion in federal funding for roads over next two years

By HILARY LANE

President Obama has signed a new law that ensures federal funding to improve roadways across the country.

The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act provides billions of dollars for road improvements and transportation projects over the next two years.

During the course of 2013 and 2014, New York State is scheduled to receive a total of $6 billion over the course of those two years in highway and transit funding.

"We go over the roads and we rely on them," said Congressman Richard Hanna. "We take them for granted. You look at the Thruway and it is extremely busy. 81 is extremely busy, too."

Representatives from the New York State DOT said the money will be used to improve the quality of roads and construct new roadways to decrease traffic.

Some of the local roadways eligable for funding include the North South Arterial, the Thruway, Route 8 and 12, Genesee Street, and Burrstone Road.

Local residents who ride on these streets everyday said the improvements are necessary.

"We could use a little bit more improvement on the Thruway because there are some pot holes and things around," said Frank Chiffy of Utica.

"My backyard is on the Thruway and you can actually hear the holes," said Margaret Sciortino of Utica.

This new law is also expected to create jobs. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, every $1 billion dollars in federal highway investments creates 34,000 jobs.

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