ALBANY – It is uncertain whether any of the infrastructure funding promised in Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s speech Wednesday will go toward fixing the long deteriorating state Rt. 12 and easing the traffic congestion through the City of Norwich.
New York State Senator Thomas Libous said improvements to the highway corridor linking Binghamton to Utica could be in the mix, but he wasn’t certain how the funding would be distributed throughout the state.
“Rt. 12 is certainly one of the priorities that has been on the back burner and needs continued upgrading and safety improvements,” he said.
Gov. Cuomo outlined a vast program of new construction on bridges, highways and other public works as part of his State of the State address yesterday. He detailed a far-reaching infrastructure program, which would be highlighted by the construction of a new Tappan Zee Bridge financed in part by investments from labor union pension funds. He also proposed to accelerate scores of other public works projects for which the government has already sought financing. Under his plan, 48 state parks and historic sites would be improved, more than 100 bridges would be repaired or replaced, and 2,000 miles of roads would be refurbished.