ALBANY (AP) — Sen. Charles Schumer wants the federal government to increase funding for bridge repairs to help 2,200 spans in upstate New York that aren’t covered by the federal highway system.
The New York Democrat says Wednesday that many of the bridges are aging and the costs of repairing them is increasing, putting financial pressure on local governments and forcing officials to close some bridges.
The bridges aren’t covered by federal highway system funds, and currently the federal government gives New York $71 million each year for their upkeep. Schumer says the amount should be increased by about $50 million.
A bill moving through Congress would cap the funding at $71 million until 2020. Schumer says he’s supporting legislative efforts to increase the total.