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Schoharie to get federal funds for bridge

Mar. 18—Federal funding will help Schoharie County replace a bridge in the village of Schoharie.

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-21st District, said in a media release she secured money for the county to begin designs for a bridge replacement.

"I am proud to announce that I secured $478,000 to go towards designs to replace a 100-year-old bridge in Schoharie County in this year's appropriations process," she said in the release. "These designs are critical to the replacement of this critical infrastructure that is a key transportation link for the local economy, emergency services, and school districts."

"We are very thankful for Congresswoman Stefanik's efforts to secure funding for the design and engineering of the Bridge Street Bridge which crosses the Schoharie Creek in the Village of Schoharie," said Schoharie County Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Federice, R-Conesville. "This will be the first step needed in the process of replacing the 100-year-old bridge which is quickly approaching the end of life and will need to be closed if a replacement is not completed in the near future."

Federice said the result of closure will be a nine-mile detour to cross Schoharie Creek. "While the detour would result in a significant inconvenience for most, this will cause a major delay for all emergency services and first responders attempting to answer emergency calls," he said.

"I'm so grateful for the work of Congresswoman Stefanik and of all the advocates who took to Washington to make their needs known," state Assemblyman Chris Tague, R-Schoharie, said. "Because of their work, Schoharie County will benefit from a grant that will enable significant repairs to be done at the Bridge Street Bridge."