Sen. Schumer looks to secure additional funding for bridge maintenance

ALBANY, N.Y. — Senator Chuck Schumer says every time you fill up your gas tank, you pay a tax that should be going to fix our bridges, and sadly that isn’t happening.

Right now the feds give New York $71 million a year to pay for the upkeep of local bridges all over the state. He says that’s not nearly enough, and he wants another $50 million. He says this money is crucial right now.

“There are 400 bridges in the Capital Region that are structurally deficient and need real help. If you’re a bridge on a federal highway like the Thruway or 90, the federal government fixes it automatically but there are 400 bridges that are part of our county system or our state system of roads that really need upgrading and the federal government which used to give some money to these have frozen the money at a very low, low, level,” he said.

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