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Schroon, Port Henry bridges get state money

— A Schroon bridge will be repaired as part of a new state program.

The Rogers Brook bridge on Route 9 in Schroon will get $319,500 for rehabilitation.

The Grove Brook bridge in Port Henry will receive $191,700 for deck replacement.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced a $45,514,179 investment for 49 projects that will repair 345 miles of roads and 11 bridges in the North Country. The money is part of the state’s NY Works program.

NY Works will reinvent state economic development with an innovative new strategy that will put New Yorkers back to work rebuilding the state's infrastructure, according to the Cuomo administration.

“For the second straight year, New York State has worked and passed a balanced and transformative budget based on fiscal responsibility, job creation, government efficiency,” Cuomo said. “The cornerstone of this budget is the New York Works program, a new and smarter strategy for putting New Yorkers back to work by rebuilding our aging infrastructure and helping put our state's economy back on track, just the way we have put our state government back on track. This significant investment will rebuild the foundation of the region's economy and create thousands of jobs for New Yorkers.”

State Senator Betty Little said, “It’s not only the destination that counts, but the experience of getting there that means a lot to tourists, especially first-time visitors. So not only will these infrastructure improvement projects benefit those who live and work here and create new jobs, but there's also a tourism benefit by ensuring that in the years ahead our North Country roads and bridges are not only safe but inviting.”

The budget continues the governor’s commitment to fiscal responsibility while creating jobs and strengthening communities across the state., administration officials said. It closes a multi-billion dollar deficit with no new taxes, fees or gimmicks, limits spending growth to two percent or below for the second year in a row, and launches the NY Works Task Force to invest billions of dollars to rebuild the state's roads, bridges, parks, and other infrastructure and create tens of thousands of jobs.

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