July 30, 2016
Federal aid sought for local projects
Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
The Blodgett Mills Road bridge spanning the Tioughnioga River in Blodgett Mills, with noticable patches of concrete missing Friday, is one of the bridges targeted to be replaced with federal funding through the draft Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, said Cortland County Highway Superintendent Phil Krey.
Cortland County will see some bridge rehabilitation projects brought to completion under a federally funded program that will run from 2017 through 2020.
The state Department of Transportation announced the draft Statewide Transportation Improvement Program is available for review and comment through Aug. 26. Included in this program are the construction and painting of area bridges, all of which are currently in the design phase.
The program depends on $12.5 billion in federal aid to address highway safety, bridge and highway infrastructure and bicycle and pedestrian enhancements, according to a news release from the DOT.
Cortland County Highway Superintendent Phil Krey said the bridges to be replaced with the federal funding are the Kinney Gulf Road bridge over Blue Creek in Cortlandville and the Blodgett Mills Road bridge over the Tioughnioga River in Cortlandville. Another eight bridges will be painted with the funding, including Telephone Road Extension over the Otselic River and Babcock Hollow Road Bridge over Babcock Hollow Creek, he said.In the city, a bridge replacement of Madison Street over Dry Creek is also slated for completion with a cost of $710,000.
Some rehabilitation work on other local bridges will also be completed, said city DPW Deputy Superintendent Nick Dovi.
About 80 percent of the cost of all these projects will covered by the federal funds, another 15 percent will come from state funds and there is a remaining five percent local share, said Krey.
The construction of the Kinney Gulf Road bridge costs about $1.6 million, said Krey. The Blodgett Mills Road bridge rehabilitation, which entails replacing the actual structure that spans the river, will cost $1.4 million and the bridge painting project totals about $1.03 million, he said.
The local share of these projects will be paid for with budgeted highway funds, said Krey.
Krey said another two bridges that were not included in the STIP are instead being entered into an application for funding in the Bridges of New York program.
These are the replacement of the Loring Crossing bridge in Cortlandville and the McGraw-Marathon bridge over Hunts Creek in Marathon. They cost, respectively, about $4 million and $2.5 million, Krey said.
The program releases $100 million statewide and the application is due Sept. 9. Krey said it is a competitive award, with a team from Albany scoring applicants.
“We’ll make our submission and hope for the best,” said Krey. He said that funding program comes around every five years.
“So there’s funding opportunities but they are still not adequate for the needs of New York state,” said Krey.
The draft STIP may be viewed online at https://www.dot.ny.gov/programs/stip/draftstip. It also is available for review during normal business hours at any of the state DOT’s 11 regional offices.
Comments and questions regarding the draft STIP can be emailed to STIP@dot.ny.gov, or mailed to: New York State Department of Transportation, Policy and Planning Division, 2017 Through 2020 STIP Comments, 50 Wolf Road, 6th Floor, Albany, New York 12232.
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