Sen. Charles Schumer wants to add about $50 million to funding that comes to New York for upkeep and repair of rural bridges.
The federal government provides the state with $71 million a year right now to maintain the thousands of bridges that don’t fall under federal purview. That number is tied to a 2009 transportation bill.
There are efforts in Congress to continue to cap that amount through 2020. The Democrat says continuing to cap the fund will lead to further deterioration of rural bridges.