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Repair of a flood-damaged bridge. Photo: NYS DOT
Repair of a flood-damaged bridge. Photo: NYS DOT

NY lists 51 bridges needing upgrades, retrofits

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York officials have identified 51 bridges statewide most at risk from repeated flooding, saying they need upgrades and retrofits that will cost more than $257 million.

The bridges have been scoured and lost foundation materials like sand and rocks from around and beneath abutments, piers, foundations and embankments.  Go to full article
A rash of potholes in Westport, NY, is pretty typical of damage across the North Country. Photo: Brian Mann
A rash of potholes in Westport, NY, is pretty typical of damage across the North Country. Photo: Brian Mann

Cuomo says pothole rescue is on the way

If you feel like the shock absorbers on your car are giving out this spring-- you're not alone. The harsh winter did massive damage to roads across the North Country and that's made driving tough in many communities.

Now New York state says it will help local governments make repairs, adding tens of millions of dollars to grants for resurfacing roads and bridges. In a statement issued last week, governor Cuomo announced that $40 million would be added to the grants made available to local governments to help them with what he called the "exceptionally harsh winter."

That's about a 10 percent increase in state support for local transportation infrastructure - money that goes to counties, towns and villages.  Go to full article

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Ron Flannery connects a Dickinson Center camp. Photo: Sarah Harris
Ron Flannery connects a Dickinson Center camp. Photo: Sarah Harris

Local internet provider connects the North Country

The Internet is a big part of 21st century life - people use it get news, watch movies, apply for jobs, and pay bills. But the North Country lags behind the rest of New York state in connectivity. 20 percent of people in the region don't have fast, reliable internet connections. That's compared to just 5% of people state-wide.

SLIC, a local internet provider that grew out of Nicholville Telephone Company, is trying to change that.  Go to full article
Looking across Lyons Falls to the old Gould Paper Mill in Lyons Falls, NY. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/roys-stuff/4496716472/">Roy Saplin</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Looking across Lyons Falls to the old Gould Paper Mill in Lyons Falls, NY. Photo: Roy Saplin, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Lyons Falls, Glens Falls, Fort Edward awarded money for brownfields

Three North Country communities were awarded grant money from New York State yesterday to address contaminated sites called brownfields.  Go to full article
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New area code on the way for 315 region

The state Public Service Commission has extended the comment period for a plan to add another area code in Northern and Central New York. Eighteen counties currently use area code 315.  Go to full article
US Sen. Charles Schumer. Photo: Julie Grant
US Sen. Charles Schumer. Photo: Julie Grant

Schumer lobbies to make NY's dams safer

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer says the North Country has 180 hazardous dams, including 24 in St. Lawrence County, 11 in Herkimer, and 7 in Lewis County. He's pushing for more federal money to improve dam safety, through a bill called the Water Resources Development Act. It could be up for a vote later this month.  Go to full article
We really have to look harder than we have in the past at where we're gonna spend our money.

Bridge closure tells of "new normal" for region's infrastructure

A bridge in the town of Wilna, east of Watertown in Jefferson County, was closed recently after a regular state inspection showed it was no longer safe for motorists. The bridge didn't get much traffic - fewer than 100 cars a day, according to the state Department of Transportation - but residents of the area will now have to get used to a five-mile detour. And, transportation officials said, closures like this one will likely be more common as the federal government reins in its budget for repairs. Joanna Richards has the story.  Go to full article
The Lake Champlain Bridge is still a work in progress (Photo:  Brian Mann)
The Lake Champlain Bridge is still a work in progress (Photo: Brian Mann)

Lake Champlain bridge on schedule, "several million dollars" over budget

New York's Transportation Department is spending millions of dollars of extra money, trying to finish the Lake Champlain Bridge by the October 9th deadline.

The old bridge was closed in 2009 and eventually demolished because of safety concerns.

At a briefing last night in Addison, Vermont, DOT officials said efforts to build the new bridge as fast as possible have been complicated by wintry weather and by debris on the lake bottom.

Still, as Brian Mann reports, community leaders and local businesses are praising the state for scrambling to finish the project on time.  Go to full article

As NY infrastructure fades, Crown Point bridge rises

This week, in a series called State of Disrepair, public radio stations around New York have been looking at infrastructure problems that threaten our highways, bridges and dams.

One symbol of that aging infrastructure was the emergency closure and demolition in 2009 of the Crown Point Bridge that spans Lake Champlain.

State officials scrambled to set up temporary ferry service and they now say a new bridge will be in place before the end of this year.

Brian Mann checked in this week with Teresa Sayward. She's the state Assemblywoman from Willsboro, and also co-chairs the bridge project's public advisory committee.

Sayward says the project remains on track, despite the harsh winter and some big challenges out on the lake.  Go to full article

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