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North country to see millions for bridge, culvert repairs

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Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties are set to receive more than $20 million in bridge repair and replacement funding, Gov. Kathleen C. Hochul said Wednesday.

It’s part of a $516 million bridge repair package funded in this year’s budget that the governor is now able to distribute to more than 141 local governments and 216 bridge repair projects statewide. The north country is set to receive $36.5 million, with slightly more than half of that coming to the western three counties.

Part of the BRIDGE NY initiative, the money is billed as a boost for local resiliency to impacts of climate change, which include more severe weather and more strain on water-based infrastructure like culverts and bridges.

“New York state is making historic investments to modernize our infrastructure and we are committed to working with our partners in local government to help ensure their bridges and culverts and ready to meet the challenges of global climate change,” Hochul said in a statement.

That’s got the support of Sen. Mark C. Walczyk, R-Watertown, who lauded the investments.

“Assisting local government in strengthening and protecting critical infrastructure such as bridges and culverts is vital for the state of New York,” he said. “I’m glad to see the continued investment in our communities.”

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