Updated 04/04/2012 04:47 PM
Portion of funding will go toward repairing Newburgh-Beacon Bridge
Governor Cuomo has outlined transportation projects in the works across the state. In the Hudson Valley, the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge is slated to receive $106 million for repairs. YNN’s Elaina Athans has more.
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NEWBURGH, N.Y. -- The Newburgh-Beacon Bridge is getting the most amount of money in the Hudson Valley for a fix-up. It's part of Governor Andrew Cuomo's accelerated capital projects.
"This governor goes to bed saying infrastructure. He wakes up saying infrastructure," said New York State Bridge Authority Executive Director Joseph Ruggerio.
Millions upon millions of dollars are being funneled into the Newburgh-Beacon - a total of $106 million.
"The Newburgh-Beacon redecking project was born 30 years, and we knew 30 years ago it needed to be replaced. That time has come," said Ruggerio.
The money will be used to repaint and redeck the bridge for the 70,000 drivers who cross over it daily.
"It could us a redecking," said Newburgh resident Jeremy Tiegang.
"That's just a lot of money. It doesn't need to be repaired that badly," said Walden resident Jackie Joy.
The New York State Bridge Authority says the projects will infuse up to 300 local jobs into the economy. The work should take about three years and the Bridge Authority adds it shouldn't impact commuters.
"We will be doing all the construction in the evening. We'll be staging it. It won't be interfering with rush hour," said Ruggerio.
The repainting project will be done over the summer and the redecking may happen by next March. The Bridge Authority is going through design plans right now.