Congressman Zeldin Introduces Bipartisan Safe Bridges Act
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-NY), member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, announced that he introduced a bipartisan bill, the Safe Bridges Act (H.R. 3168), with Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY).
According to the New York State Department of Transportation, more than one-third of New York State’s 17,000 bridges are in need of repair. 2,016 of these bridges have been graded as “structurally deficient”, meaning they require significant maintenance to remain in service and will eventually require total rehabilitation. 4,735 have been graded as “functionally obsolete”, meaning they cannot handle current traffic demand.
On Long Island, there are a total of 688 bridges. Of these bridges, 18 have been declared structurally deficient bridges and 426 have been listed as functionally obsolete bridges.
Due to changes made in a 2012 law, MAP-21, overpasses owned by the state or the county had been cut off from critical federal funding which is needed to maintain and repair them. The Safe Bridges Act would provide counties and municipalities the funds they desperately need to fix our nation’s bridges and infrastructure by reforming federal highway law to make our critical overpasses and bridges once again eligible for needed funding.
“Our roads, overpasses, and bridges are essential to the Long Island economy and our community’s safety,” said Congressman Lee Zeldin. “Unfortunately, much of our region's infrastructure is in need of additional support. As a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I am proud to introduce this bipartisan bill that will reform federal highway law to make our critical overpasses and bridges once again eligible for needed federal funding. Providing states and local governments more flexibility and the resources necessary to strengthen our infrastructure will improve transportation safety, job creation, and our overall economy.”
You can read the bill text here.