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Russell secures accelerated funding for bridge projects

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POTSDAM - Assemblywoman Addie Russell (D-Theresa) announced Friday that she has secured accelerated funding totaling $9,240,000 from the NY Works program for two north country bridge projects.

The two projects, both in St. Lawrence County, are the Route 971U (Maple Street) bridges over the Raquette River in the village of Potsdam and the Eel Weir Bridge over the Oswegatchie River in the town of Oswegatchie.These two projects were not slated to begin until 2017 but now they will commence in 2014 and 2015 respectively.

“Once again, I am pleased to be able to accelerate funding toward much need infrastructure projects in the north country,” Ms. Russell said. “These bridges, in addition to the Route 180 Bridge project in Dexter I announced a few weeks ago, are important projects in the realm of repairing aging infrastructure and creating jobs in our area.”

“The village is very pleased that Assemblywoman Russell is working to help us maintain our critical infrastructure.The Maple Street bridge project is a perfect fit with our economic development plans to build a river walk to showcase our downtown and the Raquette River.It also fits perfectly with our goal of improving pedestrian and bicycle travel in a village with 7,000 students,” Potsdam Mayor Steven W. Yurgartis said.

Potsdam is home to Clarkson University and SUNY Potsdam.

“It is better to be proactive in replacing our aging bridge infrastructure so that we can avoid sudden closures and the burdens they place on residents and businesses,” Ms. Russell said.“I have been a champion for funding infrastructure so that assets like our many bridges are economic drivers and compliment community development plans.”

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