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State opens bidding for road projects

A worker uses a lift to perform work

A worker uses a lift to perform work on the underside of a bridge at a construction project on Interstate 787 in Albany. (April 23, 2012) Credit: AP

ALBANY -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced yesterday the opening of bidding for 51 pavement and bridge projects representing an estimated $64 million of work in his administration's "New York Works" program.

The bidding for five contracts follows Cuomo's budget announcement that billions of state and federal dollars will be committed to economic development and rebuilding infrastructure, guided in part by a task force to improve coordination of spending.

Lawmakers approved the budget three weeks ago for the fiscal year that started April 1. The administration said construction of the first wave of projects is scheduled to begin by June.

"The NY Works program is designed to accelerate important infrastructure projects and rebuild our state's roads and bridges as soon as possible," Cuomo said. "By opening up the first wave of contracts to bid just weeks after the Legislature passed the budget, New York State is demonstrating that we can work effectively and in an expedited manner to create jobs, grow local economies, and rebuild our infrastructure."

Bid openings include an estimated $27.6 million to resurface parts of the Major Deegan Expressway in the Bronx and the Prospect Expressway in Brooklyn and $10.8 million to replace decks on six bridges in Steuben and Chemung counties.

Other projects include a $13.1 million contract for pavement resurfacing in Rensselaer, Albany, Washington and Columbia counties and an estimated $12.7 million contract to apply pavement sealant to prevent water infiltration.

"Under Governor Cuomo's leadership, the DOT has transformed itself into a department that gets things done -- and gets them done quickly as we proved when we repaired hundreds of roads and bridges in record time following Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee," said New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald. She added that more projects will be announced in the months ahead.

"These NY Works projects will put New Yorkers back to work and fortify the transportation infrastructure that our continued economic recovery relies on," said Assembly Transportation Committee chairman David Gantt.

-- AP


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