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Governor Cuomo announces $47.8 million in FEMA funding for bridges

By WKTV News

Governor Andrew Cuomo Sunday announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved $47.8 million in funding to strengthen 20 bridges that cross water and are vulnerable to foundation erosion in New York State.

One of those bridges is the Route 291 Bridge over Nine Mile Creek in Oneida County. Also two bridges in Otsego County will get more than a million dollars in FEMA funding.

The funding is available through FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, which aims to increase resiliency, reduce hardship and mitigate the risks of loss and damage from natural disasters.

In June 2013, Governor Cuomo announced a call for projects to be funded by the hazard mitigation program to help rebuild stronger, more sustainable communities.

The applications continue to be reviewed by FEMA and the State awaits their expeditious approval. The bridge scour program is the product of an unprecedented collaboration between the State’s Department of Transportation, Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery, and dozens of local governments, and puts New York State at the cutting edge of innovative flood recovery and mitigation activities.

The bridge scour program will be paid for with a mix of funding from FEMA and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. No state funding will be required.

The Department of Transportation has identified 105 bridges as scour-critical, which are those most at risk from repeated flooding.

FEMA’s grant approval enables the Department of Transportation to contract for the bridge improvement work, including upgrading concrete bridge abutments by adding steel or concrete pile foundations, increasing the size of waterway openings to meet 100-year flood projections and reducing or eliminating the number of bridge piers in the water to prevent ice jams that can flood surrounding areas.

The bridges and grant amounts approved in this round of funding are listed below:

•$925,000 for the Route 145 bridge over Fox Creek in Rensselaerville, Albany County
•$2.4 million for the Route 9 Bridge over the Moordenerkill Creek in Schodack, Rensselaer County
•$2.5 million for the Route 9 Bridge over the North Branch of the Moordenerkill Creek in Schodack, Rensselaer County
•$1.1 million for the Route 43 Bridge over the Black River in Stephentown, Rensselaer County
•$3.6 million for the Route 9 Bridge over the Kayaderosseras Creek in Malta, Saratoga County
•$1.1 million for the Route 9N Bridge over the Kayaderosseras Creek in Greenfield, Saratoga County
•$2.3 million for the Route 291 Bridge over Nine Mile Creek in Marcy, Oneida County
•$1 million for the Route 38A Bridge over Sucker Brook in Owasco, Cayuga County
•$868,000 for the Route 392 Bridge over the Extension of Gridley Creek in Virgil, Cortland County
•$4.2 million for the Route 5 Bridge over Tonawanda Creek in Batavia, Genesee County
•$1.9 milion for the Route 20 Bridge over Tonawanda Creek in Alexander, Genesee County
•$1.6 million for the Route 78 Bridge over East Koy Creek in Wethersfield, Wyoming County
•$2 million for the Route 62 Bridge over Mud Creek in Conewango, Cattaraugus County
•$648,620 for the Route 78 Bridge over Gill Creek in Amherst, Erie County
•$1.2 million for the Route 78 Bridge over Black Creek in Amherst, Erie County
•$750,000 for the Route 22 Bridge over the Roeliff Jansen Kill in Hillsdale, Columbia County
•$13.7 million for the Route 211 Bridge over the Wallkill in Montgomery, Orange County
•$1.9 million for the Route 28 Bridge over Herkimer Creek in Exeter, Otsego County
•$1.9 million for the Route 80 Bridge over Butternut Creek in Burlington, Otsego County
•$2.2 million for the Route 96 Bridge over Catatonk Creek in Spencer, Tioga County

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