The state has spent a total of $1.6 billion on infrastructure projects through the NY Works Initiative, which Gov. Andrew Cuomo created last year. The $1.6 billion includes $1.2 billion to repair and rebuild roads and bridges, $265 million to improve parks and $142 million to protect coasts from floods, according to a news release from Cuomo today.
The state, with NY Works funding, completed $488 million in road and bridge improvements this year, compared to $462 million for projects that were either completed or underway in 2012. More than 250 lane miles were resurfaced or rehabilitated on the New York State Thruway this year. Fifty-seven bridge projects have been completed since January, compared to 45 projects in 2012.
The largest infrastructure project underway is the $3.9 billion new Tappan Zee Bridge. Projects completed in the Lower Hudson Valley include $1.5 million to upgrade water and sewer systems serving Bear Mountain and Harriman state parks; and $102,593 for an electrical system upgrade at the Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park pool.
“With the investment of $1.6 billion in projects ranging from bridges replacements to park rehabilitations and flood protection measures, NY Works is transforming state government’s approach to capital investments in a way that creates tens of thousands of jobs and more effectively upgrades our critical infrastructure,” Cuomo said in a statement. “The Task Force has made great progress thus far, and through this approach my administration will continue to revamp New York’s infrastructure for years to come.”
Cuomo and legislative leaders created the NY Works Task Force in an effort to change the state’s approach to infrastructure investments in a way that helps the economy grow, creates jobs and improve New Yorkers’ quality of life, the news release said. It includes the development of the state’s first 10-year Statewide Capital Plan, which coordinates $174 billion in existing capital investment dollars across 47 State agencies and authorities. The task force has focused on expediting high-priority projects and ensuring that initiatives are completed on time and within budget.
NY Works invested $265 million to revitalize the parks system. The state has spent $175 million so far to complete or start 155 projects around New York.
The state has provided $142 million for coastal protection and related projects in 2012 and 2013. Many projects are underway to improve the resiliency of storm-impacted or at-risk communities around the state, including 18 dam projects, 64 flood control projects and 24 recreational site projects. Funds have gone toward recovering from Superstorm Sandy in October 2012 and preparing for future major weather events.