New York getting over $15 billion to improve roads, bridges

On Behalf of | Dec 28, 2021 | Car Accidents

The massive infrastructure bill passed by Congress and signed into law by President Joe Biden last month brings much-needed money to every state, including New York, to repair and upgrade roads, bridges and more. The $1.2 trillion Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) is the largest single infrastructure investment in decades.

Of that amount, over $30 billion has been earmarked for our state, with over half of that going to roads and bridges. Many New Yorkers echo the thoughts of the head of the Business Council of New York State Inc. when she said, “Obviously, we’ve been waiting a long time for this.” She noted, “We have 1,700 bridges and 2,700 miles of highway that are in poor condition.”

How will New York’s infrastructure funds be spent?

Some $13.7 billion will be spent on highways, and nearly $2 billion will be used to repair bridges. Of the remainder, nearly $10 billion will be spent on improving public transit. 

Millions will also go to the state’s airports and toward upgraded internet access. Some 1.5 million jobs are expected to be added annually over the next ten years to make all of these improvements a reality. It hasn’t yet been determined precisely how this influx of funds will be spent across the state, let alone across New York City. 

Improvements to the conditions of our roads, bridges and tunnels can definitely improve their safety – particularly if they’re damaged or just no longer able to accommodate the amount of traffic they carry. However, driver behavior is also a key safety factor. 

If you’ve suffered injuries in a crash caused by a negligent or reckless driver, you want to make sure that you get the maximum compensation to which you are entitled for medical bills and other expenses and damages. Sound legal advice can help.