New York Works program to boost economy with infrastructure projects
For the second year in a row, Governor Cuomo has passed a balanced budget with transformative programs, like the newly announced New York Works program, which aims to put people back to work by rebuilding aging infrastructure.
The $1.2bn program, detailed Tuesday, will allocate monies for the repair of 2,000 miles of roads and 110 bridges in the state, prioritized by need. At the top of list is the replacement of the Patterson Bridge in Corning estimated at $36m, $145m in bridgework over the Hudson River near Albany, and $13m for the Major Deegan Expressway in the Bronx.
In addition to the infrastructure projects, the program provides for upgrades to 213 state park facilities. The funding will come from the federal and state governments but as reported in Crain’s New York, there will be $3.5bn in private investment.
Commenting on the news, Erik Kulleseid, the Director of Alliance for New York State Parks said: “They have not had the money to do the quality maintenance projects that they wanted to do. So they will really have to address it. It means they’ll have to dig into a lot of big projects.” State funded projects are expected to be expedited through design build contracts under a single prime contract. Work that qualifies for federal funding will be approved first.