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Additional funding for road repair granted for New York State highways

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ALBANY — The 2014-15 state budget includes a new, one-time $40 million fund to benefit highway departments repairing roads damaged by extreme winter weather.

Forty-five percent of major roads and highways in New York state are reportedly in poor or mediocre condition. State Sen. Joseph A. Griffo, R-Rome, said the state, consequently, is paying $4.9 billion more than it has in past years on repairs.

The $40 million fund is in addition to the $438.1 million committed by the state to its counties, cities, towns and villages through the Consolidated Local Highway Improvement Program. That program, now in its 33rd year, reimburses municipalities for local highway and bridge repairs.

In total, the final budget includes $3.7 billion for capital improvement projects, which also includes aviation, rail, non-MTA transit and bus services.

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