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Ogdensburg-Prescott International Bridge repairs await federal funds

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By AMANDA PURCELL

JOHNSON NEWSPAPERS

OGDENSBURG — While touting the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority’s plan to expand its runway at its international airport Monday, U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer said the federal government is on track to awarding a grant that would allow for much-needed repairs to the Ogdensburg-Prescott International Bridge.

Sen. Schumer and Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand, both D-N.Y., said in June that they were pushing to secure more than $2 million from the federal Department of Transportation’s Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant program, which provides funding for road, rail, transit and port projects that promise to achieve critical national objectives. “Right now we know that there are about 32 applications up for approval, including Ogdensburg,” Sen. Schumer said. “TIGER grants are flexible, and I am told Ogdensburg’s application is one of the highest priorities. The application has been submitted and we are pushing for it to be approved by September.”

Federal funding would continue the restoration of the suspension bridge, which handles more than 800,000 vehicles annually and moves billions of dollars in goods across the border each year.

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