ALBANY, N.Y. (WIVB) - The federal government is giving the green light to $47.8 million in funding to bolster 20 bridges that cross water and are vulnerable to foundation erosion in New York State.
FEMA funds will be used to upgrade the bridges which are critical transportation routes across the state.
Among the bridges to be repaired are six in Western New York:
- $4.2 million for the Route 5 Bridge over Tonawanda Creek in Batavia, Genesee County
- $1.9 million 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
“Part of adjusting to the new reality of extreme weather means we must bolster our infrastructure to be stronger than it ever was before – so that we rebuild with the next major storm in mind,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said regarding the bridge funding.
The Department of Transportation has identified a total of 105 bridges as scour-critical, most at risk from repeated flooding.