Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $89,553,600 in federal funding to upgrade and repair flood-prone bridges in Ulster, Delaware, Westchester and Orange counties. The funding was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), and will fund the necessary improvements for bridges in high-risk flood areas. A total of 18 bridges in the Hudson Valley will receive funding to make repairs.
“This federal funding will help keep our Hudson Valley bridges in tip-top shape and ensure they are able to better withstand the next major storm,” said Senator Schumer. “These bridges are vital links in the transportation system that sustain our economy, and we must do all we can to make sure they are in a state of good repair.”
“This is a great investment that will help strengthen critical transportation infrastructure in the Hudson Valley,” said Senator Gillibrand. “Our bridges are heavily traveled and are assets in our communities. This funding will help make our Hudson Valley bridges more resilient to keep our communities safe and take the full burden of maintaining these bridges off of local taxpayers.”
“Rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure is critically important across America,” said Ulster County Executive Mike Hein. “I want to commend Senator Schumer and Senator Gillibrand for their appreciation of the seriousness of infrastructure needs in New York and thank them for the help they are providing to Ulster County specifically.”
FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program provides funding under Section 404 of the Stafford Act, the federal disaster law that supplies aid to states and localities to implement long-term resiliency measures after a major disaster. The purpose of these grants is to reduce the loss of life and property due to natural disasters and to enable mitigation measures to be implemented during the immediate recovery from a disaster.
A full list of the 18 bridges receiving FEMA funding is below:
· $12,400,000 for the bridge located on Route 213, over the Rondout Creek in the Town of Marbletown in Ulster County.
· $19,840,000 for two bridges located on Route 987 D, on Sawmill River Parkway in the Town of Pleasantville in Westchester County.
· $7,440,000 for the bridge located on Route 28, over Esopus Creek in the Town of Shandaken in Ulster County.
· $7,440,000 for the bridge located on Route 9, over Dickey Brooke, Peekskill in the Town of Cortlandt in Westchester County.
· $7,440,000 for the bridge located on Route 82, over the Sprout Creek in the Town of Wappinger in Dutchess County.
· $4,125,000 for the bridge located on Route 42 over Businellsville Creek, Van Valkenburgh Road in the Town of Shandaken in Ulster County.
· $4,092,000 for the bridge located on Route 42, over Shingle Kill Creek, Port Jervis in the Town of Deerpark in Orange County.
· $3,373,000 for the bridge located on Route 52, over Quassaic Creek in the Town of Newburgh in Orange County.
· $3,125,000 for the bridge located on Route 55, over Jackson Creek, Union Vale in the Town of Lagrangeville in Dutchess County.
· $2,766,000 for the bridge located on Route 52, over Tin Brook in the Town of Montgomery in Orange County.
· $2,518,000 for the bridge located on Route 17 K, over Shawangunk Kill in the Town of Wallkill in Orange County.
· $2,480,000 for the bridge located on Route 211 in the Town of Wallkill in Orange County.
· $5,629,600 for three bridges located on Route 97, over Pea Brook Tributary in the Town of Hancock in Delaware County.
· $5,000,000 for the bridge located on Route 55, over the Rondout Creek in the Town of Wawarsing in Ulster County.
· $1,885,000 for the bridge located on Route 44, over Mara Kill in the Town of Gardiner in Ulster County.