Nearly $1 billion in critical road and bridge projects are stuck in limbo because of the lack of a state budget.
Between November 2009 and May 2010 the New York State Department of Transportation let 90 projects valued at close to $1 billion for critical road and bridge work throughout the state but lacks the budget authority to award these projects. One third of those projects, valued at $646 million, were let in the last fiscal year and of that 4 projects, valued at $449 million are in New York City alone. Click here for a list of the projects.
Senator Martin Malave Dilan and Assemblyman Richard Brodsky have proposed a legislative fix S.8078 / A.11382 that would allow contracts let in the last fiscal year to move forward. After almost two months of legislative gridlock Senator Dilan's and Assemblyman Brodsky's proposals are a light at the end of a tunnel, a tunnel that GCA members are ready, will and able to build.
Critical infrastructure work such as Phase 1 of the Kew Gardens Interchange and emergency repairs and interim deck replacement on the Gowanus Expressway are frozen in budget limbo. The money is there, but cannot be spent because of the lack of a state budget. In recent memory, there has never been a case where contracts from a prior fiscal year were not included in budget extenders. As a result of these delays, the prime construction season may be lost resulting in increased maintenance costs to the state, and higher construction costs ctors.
For a copy of the GCA press release click here.