New York will get another $2 million from the Federal Highway Administration to make critical repairs to transportation infrastructure damaged by tropical storms Irene and Lee, but the highway administration has not yet allocated those funds to specific projects.
The funds will help repair roads, highways and bridges in 31 counties across upstate New York, including Essex and Clinton.
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer applauded the U.S. Department of Transportation Monday for allocating the additional funding.
"Fixing our roads and bridges needs to be one of our top priorities as we recover from the storms," Schumer said in a press release. "Washed out roads and bridges choke off our rural communities from small businesses and put a huge drag on the recovery."
"I will keep fighting to secure the federal resources we need to recover and rebuild," said New York's other U.S. senator, Kirsten Gillibrand.
The two Democratic senators said Monday that New York's transportation department has used quick-release funds to expedite repairs here in the North Country. The state currently estimates that damage to highways that receive federal aid has already exceeded $100 million.
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