$23M requested for Essex County bridge repairs

Ten bridges in Essex County have been included in a state request for funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

In all, FEMA is being asked to give around $23 million to Essex County for bridge upgrades.

Most of the bridges are located on state Route 73, and one is on state Route 9N. Seven of the bridges are in the town of Keene, two are in North Elba, and one is in Jay.

The program aims to fix bridge scour, erosion of sediment from around a bridge, which will reduce the risk of flooding.

There are 54 bridges in New York that have progressed to the next stage of federal action. The total request is for $261 million. Essex County has the most bridges up for funding out of all the counties the state is recommending. There are no bridges on the list from Franklin County.

A press release from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office says the goal is to “protect and strengthen critical transportation routes across the state.”

The bridge scour program is a collaboration between by the state Department of Transportation, Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services and the governor’s Office of Storm Recovery.