Ritchie: New State Budget Includes Money to Fix Local Roads and Bridges

The state will spend an extra $75 million in the next two years to fix its crumbling roads and bridges, according to State Senator Patty Ritchie.

The money is in a program called CHIPS, the Consolidated Highway Improvement Program.

“I am especially pleased that we are able to provide the first increase in funding for local highways in over five years,” Ritchie said in a release announcing the local projects. “This additional funding will go far in helping our local towns, villages and counties with highway work that’s needed to keep people and goods moving, and our economy growing stronger.”

Among the projects to be funded in the 2013-14 budget year:

  • Work on the Route 481 intersection with County Route 45, funded at $2.43 million;
  • $750,000 for the already-announced plan to reshape the intersection at Route 176 and County Route 7 in Hannibal;
  • $670,000 for the Salmon River Greenway Trail and Streetscape in Pulaski;
  • $1.6 million for work at County Route 156 in Sandy Creek;
  • $750,000 for work on Route 3 between County Route 3 and W. Fifth St. in Fulton;
  • $800,000 for work on Route 13 between County Routes 30A and 22;
  • $2.28 million for work on Route 69 in Mexico;

For 2014 – 15:

  • $2.69 million for intersection improvement on Route 481 at Churchill Rd. and County Route 57;
  • $1.04 million for bridge replacement on County Route 41A over Grindstone Creek;
  • $550,000 for work on Phillips St. at Tannery Creek in Fulton;
  • $260,000 for bridge rehabilitation at North Sixth St.;

The State Senate began passing budget bills over the weekend.  The Assembly is scheduled to return on Thursday to begin passing budget bills.  The end result should be a budget approved in advance of the April 1 deadline for the third year in a row.