Six bridges that span bodies of water across Western New York have been approved for millions of dollars in federally funded repairs.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo Friday announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved $47.8 million in funding to strengthen 20 bridges across the state. The governor said it is part of adjusting to the new reality of extreme weather that requires bridges to be stronger than ever before.
“This investment allows us to make bridges across the state more resilient in the face of severe weather, and that means safer communities for the future,” he said.
In Erie County, $1.2 million was approved for the Route 78 bridge over Black Creek and $648,620 for the Route 78 bridge over Gill Creek, both in Amherst.
In Genesee County, $4.2 million was approved for the Route 5 bridge over Tonawanda Creek in Batavia, and $1.9 million for the Route 20 bridge over Tonawanda Creek in Alexander.
In Wyoming County, $1.6 million was approved for the Route 78 bridge over East Koy Creek in Wethersfield, and in Cattaraugus County, $2 million was approved for the Route 62 bridge over Mud Creek in Conewango.
Cuomo had requested a total of $518 million in federal funding to strengthen 105 bridges across the state.